Butch Harmon retiring from PGA Tour travel and teaching: Report

Butch Harmon, who is perhaps golf’s most famous tour instructor, is retiring from teaching on the circuit and traveling with students.

Golfweek was first to report the news.

Harmon, who turns 76 in August, has reportedly told his current stable of players he wants to cut back on traveling and will be done going to tour events.

Harmon, the son of 1948 Masters champion Claude Harmon, isn’t retiring from teaching altogether. He will continue teaching out of his home in Las Vegas, but the days of hanging around tour events are done.

Most famous for teaching Tiger Woods until their split in 2003, Harmon has worked with Greg Norman, Phil Mickeson, Ernie Els, Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler. In addition to Johnson and Fowler, Harmon is currently working with 2016 PGA champion Jimmy Walker and Women’s PGA champion Danielle Kang. However, Johnson and Fowler in particular have spent time working with Butch’s son, Claude Harmon III, who has developed into a top teacher in his own right out of Floridian National Golf Club near Jupiter, Fla. Harmon also teaches Brooks Koepka.

While not doing much TV for United States partners, Harmon has been a presence on Sky Sports’ broadcasts of major championships for years. According to Golfweek, Harmon will end his run on Sky after the Masters, the only of the four majors he’s set to commentate on this year.


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