Woodland joins Butch Harmon's stable

Updated: January 10, 2012, 12:24 PM ET
Associated Press

KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Gary Woodland left Hawaii for a two-week break but instead of heading to his home in Florida, he made a detour to Las Vegas to work with new swing coach Butch Harmon.

Golfweek magazine reported Woodland will start working with Harmon immediately. This follows an awkward offseason in which Woodland left agent Blake Smith of Hambric Sports Management to sign with Mark Steinberg at Excel Sports Management. Smith is the son of Woodland's coach, Randy Smith, who thought it best that he and the big hitter part ways.

Woodland told the magazine: "Butch has taken people where I want to go."

Woodland won his first PGA Tour event last year at Innisbrook, and he teamed with Matt Kuchar in the World Cup to lead the Americans to victory for the first time in 10 years.

Harmon has taken two golfers, Greg Norman and Tiger Woods, to No. 1 in the world. His current list of clients include four-time major champion Phil Mickelson, Nick Watney and Dustin Johnson.

"I like my foursome. Let's put it that way," Harmon said.


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