Rory McIlroy seeks advice from Butch Harmon, former coach of Tiger Woods, ahead of Masters tournament

Rory McIlroy has enlisted the help of Butch Harmon, Tiger Woods’ former coach, as he seeks to improve his game ahead of his latest attempt to win The Masters. The world number two is determined to become only the sixth player to achieve the feat of winning all four men’s majors if he succeeds at the upcoming tournament.

With just one top-20 finish on the PGA Tour this season, McIlroy turned to Harmon for guidance. The 80-year-old previously worked with Woods during his first eight major victories before parting ways in 2002.

McIlroy revealed that he visited Harmon for a golf lesson recently and typically sees him every few years to get his input on his game. Despite having longtime coach Michael Bannon, McIlroy has also worked with Pete Cowen in the past.

Prior to meeting with Harmon in Las Vegas, McIlroy shared a heartwarming moment with his daughter Poppy, who innocently questioned why he needed another golf lesson. Her simple insight resonated with McIlroy and was some of the best advice he had received in years.

Harmon has an impressive coaching history, having guided Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and Greg Norman to major victories. Meanwhile, McIlroy has yet to secure a win at Augusta National to complete the career Grand Slam, with his best finish being a second-place result in 2022 alongside five other top-10 performances.

By Samantha Johnson

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