Las Vegas, Nevada (March 13, 2011)–Here he goes again. Las Vegas Golf Region resident Butch Harmon, who has been voted the world's best instructor 10 years running by Golf Digest, works with two of the top four players who are battling to win the PGA Tour's WGC–Cadillac Championship. Dustin Johnson, who enters the final round with the lead, and Nick Watney, who was tied with Johnson until he dunked his tee shot in the water on 18 both learn from Harmon. Harmon operates the Butch Harmon School of Golf at Las Vegas golf course Rio Secco Golf Club..–By Brian Hurlburt.
Prior to the third round Johnson spent some time with Harmon who told him that he should go out and shoot 65, which he did. "There wasn't anything going wrong," Johnson told the media. "I just wanted to get him out there just to take a look at some things. I still — the first two days, I didn't really drive it that great. I hit into the fairway a little bit but I wasn't, you know, hitting the type of shots that I wanted to. So we worked on the driver a little bit this morning and then got that going really well. So I hit a lot of good drives today. Struggled with the wedges, too, a little bit. So we worked on that for a little while and hit some pretty good wedge shots today."
Rio Secco Golf Club is operated by Caesars Entertainment, formerly Harrah's, and is one of two Las Vegas golf courses designed by the legendary Rees Jones. Jones also designed Cascata, another Las Vegas golf course operated by Caesars. Click now to view the official website of Rio Secco Golf Club. Click now to view the official website of Cascata.
Harmon has operated his school in Las Vegas for more than a decade and the world's best golfers flock to see him. However, it is somewhat unknown that the everyday golfer can visit the school to learn from Harmon. Click now to view the official website of the Butch Harmon School of Golf and learn how you can learn Harmon's secrets. Watney lives minutes from the school while Johnson travels to Vegas to visit with Harmon.
Johnson is read to go heading into the final round, and loves playing in World Golf Championships events. "They are very important," Johnson said about the WGC format. "For one, there's no cut, which is nice. You definitely get four rounds. But obviously if you're in all of the World Golf Championships, you've been playing well, but the fields are so good. You want to come to these events and play well. It's a small field but it's the best 70 or the best 50 in the world. They all play this event. So any of the World Golf Championships are great events. They all happen on good venues, and you know, you want to play well and win these events." Photo: MartinPhotoGroup.com. Quotes courtesy ASAPsports.com.