Butch Harmon Says Tiger Woods Is Too Proud to Ask for His Help

David Maxwell/Getty Images Butch Harmon (right), seen here with his then-pupil Tiger Woods in 1999, said he would be "more than happy to spend a couple of hours" and take a look at Woods' swing.
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Butch Harmon (right), seen here with his then-pupil Tiger Woods in 1999, said he would be “more than happy to spend a couple of hours” and take a look at Woods’ swing.

Butch Harmon has had a change of tune — he would be willing to help struggling former pupil Tiger Woods on a part-time basis to try and get his golf swing back in order, the noted instructor has said in an interview with Golf World.

But the 71-year-old Harmon, who last year said he would not be interested in ever coaching Woods again, said he doesn’t expect to be asked for advice because he believes Woods is likely too proud to seek his help.

“If he wanted, I’d be more than happy to spend a couple of hours and give him my opinion,” Harmon said. “I don’t think he would ask because it goes against his pride.”

Woods and Harmon parted in 2002, after Woods began working with him as a teenager in 1996 and through his most dominant days in golf. Woods won eight majors while with Harmon, including seven in 11 attempts and an unprecedented sweep of them in 2000-01.

Woods, however, has been stuck on 14 majors since the 2008 U.S. Open and said last week his game was not acceptable for tournament golf and that he would not play again until he felt like it was. He has played only two tournaments this year.

“As a fan of great golf, it’s hard to watch him pitch the ball now,” Harmon said. “You can see it’s a total lack of confidence.”

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SOURCE: ESPN

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