Well, that didn’t take long.
On Wednesday, GOLF.com reported that Phil Mickelson and Butch Harmon had split up after eight years of working together. They had been the most high-profile player/coach duo on Tour—and a highly successful one, netting 12 wins, including two majors, in their time together. By Thursday morning, a report had surfaced about Mickelson’s potential new teacher.
GolfDigest.com first reported through sources that Mickelson and Andrew Getson, an instructor at Greyhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., have been working together since Mickelson and Harmon separated. The report did not include confirmation of the partnership from either Mickelson or Getson, and it was initially unclear whether Mickelson has coronated Getson as his official swing coach or if they’ve just been working together casually. GOLF.com has indepedently confirmed that Mickelson will be working with Getson as the five-time major champ preps for his 26th year on Tour.
So … who is Andrew Getson?
The 41-year-old from Melbourne, Australia, has worked at Grayhawk since 2009. After a standout record as a teenager, Getson accepted an invitation to attend the Victorian Institute of Sport’s golf program (like other accomplished Aussies such as Geoff Ogilvy and Stuart Appelby.) He turned pro in 1999 at age 25 and played all around the world on several Tours, joining the Nationwide (now the Web.com) Tour in 2006. In his bio on his website, he says Greg Norman is golfing hero and that he likes to eat M&M’s the night before a big round.
He lists playing golf with President Bill Clinton as his biggest thrill in golf.
That part of his bio might soon need updating.