Phil Mickelson has parted ways with longtime swing coach Butch Harmon, according to Golf.com.
“I’ve learned a great deal from him in our eight years together,” Mickelson said in a statement. “It’s just that at the moment I need to hear new ideas from a different perspective.”
Mickelson and Harmon worked together starting in 2007. Since then, Mickelson notched 12 victories on the PGA Tour, including the 2010 Masters and the 2013 Open Championship. However, Mickelson has struggled with his form in the past two seasons and hasn’t returned to the winner’s circle since hoisting the Claret Jug.
Over that period, he’s only finished in the top 10 five times and dropped to 25th in the World Rankings. He required a captain’s pick for the Presidents Cup (and he was so far down the standings list that you struggled to find his name).
The breakup comes as a bit of a surprise. Harmon has built quite the stable in recent years with stars like Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Jimmy Walker, among others.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Phil and we’ve had great success together,” said Harmon in a statement from Mickelson’s camp. “Helping him win the Open Championship in 2013 was one of the pinnacles of my career. I see nothing wrong with him seeking advice from another source. We’re great friends and always will be.”
Mickelson still had kind words for Harmon, saying, “Butch is one of the great teachers in the history of the game and I believe he deserves to be in the World Golf Hall of Fame.”
Now, the situation begs the question, who will Phil turn to next?