Golf coach Butch Harmon announced he was quitting Twitter after making a comment about his student Nick Watney's poor play on the social-networking service.
After Watney shot 82-77 to miss the cut at the Memorial, Harmon tweeted: "Wow N Watney +15, didn’t see this coming. Must be having some personal problems.” A few minutes later, Harmon posted a follow-up tweet: "Or some physical problems he can’t shoot that high." Golfweek's Alex Miceli asked Watney about Harmon's tweet; Watney's response: "Interesting. No comment." Then Miceli talked to Harmon:
Harmon spoke about the posts after the fact.
"It was a mistake on my part, I love the kid like a son," Harmon said remorsefully by cellphone. " I was more frustrated than anything for him that he played the way he played. When he was here last week, I'd never seen him hit it better. I didn't mean to offend anyone and look forward to working with Nick to get ready for Merion."
Harmon had echoed those thoughts in another Twitter post as well:
"Don't mean to upset all the Watney fans was just thinking out (loud) .Nick is like a son to me I love him .He will be fine by the US Open."
Harmon chimed in via Twitter one more time Friday:
"Thank you to all of you who have chosen to follow me, but after a big mistake today I'm off twitter best to all . By By" — by evening his account was still active, with no further posts.
In addition to Watney, Harmon works with Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, and coached Tiger Woods for years. Harmon caused a minor stir on Twitter earlier this year when he posted that his student Natalie Gulbis had malaria. Gulbis' agent initially denied that Gulbis had malaria, but it turned out that Harmon was correct. Photo: Getty Images