Tiger Woods won't be reuniting with Butch Harmon, says Butch Harmon
Scratch any thoughts of a Tiger Woods/Butch Harmon reunion - it's not going to happen.
That's according to Butch himself, who told the Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard that not only would he not accept an offer, Tiger would never ask him. And, oh yeah, Tiger doesn't need a coach anyway:
“No I would not and he’s not going to call and ask,” Harmon said when asked if he would entertain a coaching offer. “I don’t think he needs a swing coach. If I were advising Tiger I’d tell him, ‘You’re the greatest player that ever lived, just go to the range and hit shots.’”
Even before Woods amicably split with coach Sean Foley yesterday, there was a sentiment among some golf fans that he needed to go back to Butch to recreate the magic the two shared during the early part of Woods' career. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power will be happy to lay you 5/1 odds that it's still going to happen. You can also take Johnny Miller at 66/1 if you fancy longshots or Hank Haney at 16/1.
Haney was Tiger's coach from 2004 through 2010, which included an astounding 18 victories in 34 tournaments from 2006 to 2008. Woods won four majors in that time and finished second six times. He won six majors overall while working with Haney, including his last major, the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
Under Harmon, Woods won eight majors and 31 PGA Tour titles from 1997 through 2004. With Foley from 2010 through 2014, he won 8 Tour events and no majors.