Las Vegas, Nevada (February 21, 2012)--Las Vegas Golf Region resident Butch Harmon was on the Jim Rome radio show last week, and definitively answered one of the bigger questions in golf: will Tiger Woods ever return and be coached by Harmon? The answer was a no from Harmon. -- By Brian Hurlburt
"No he has not," Harmon told Rome when asked if Tiger had ever reached out to Harmon about a return. "I think he probably knows I wouldn't do it. We have been removed since 2002 ... that's 10 years now. A lot of things have transpired since then. We have both moved on in our lives."
Harmon operates the Butch Harmon School of Golf at Las Vegas resort golf course Rio Secco. The School is open to the public with reservations, and schools taught by Harmon are currently available for 2012.. Harmon continues to work with such PGA Tour pros as Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Nick Watney, and Gary Woodland, among others.
Harmon's loyalty to Mickelson is probably a main reason he wouldn't get back with Tiger. And he said nearly as much during the interview. "I don't think it would be fair to Phil Mickelson, especially, who has been so gracious and generous to my family," Harmon said about his relationship with Mickelson. Incidentally, Mickelson has beaten Woods the last five times the two have played together during a round. Most recently, Mickelson fired a 64 to Woods' 75 during the final round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Mickelson won the tournament, good for his 40th career PGA Tour title.
Harmon's new instructional DVD features exclusive footage of Harmon with Woods, Mickelson, Natalie Gulbis, Watney, Johnson, Ernie Els and Fred Couples. A total of 250 golf tips are also included in the set. Much of filming took place at his School in Las Vegas. Woods and Harmon worked together for many years, including during the 2000 season when Woods won the "Tiger Slam". Much of their work took place at School in Las Vegas.