Exclusive: Rickie Fowler working with Phil Mickelson's swing coach, Butch Harmon
By Tim Rosaforte
Rickie Fowler has been without a swing coach since Barry McDonnell died in May 2011, but he's been working with Butch Harmon since December and will again Tuesday in Las Vegas.
In Fowler's first tournament after that initial session, he finished T-8 in the Thailand Golf Championship. "We've shared video (since then)," Harmon said. "He's done good work to clean up things in the swing mechanically." With one tour victory in 107 starts, Fowler will make his 2014 debut at the Humana Challenge.
Harmon said to expect a different takeaway, with Fowler's arms more in front of his body, and less rerouting of the club on the downswing. But what has Harmon excited has been Fowler's work ethic and attitude.
"I love the kid," Harmon said. "The thing I like is he's been saying 'I want to be known more for my golf than my clothes and my hat. I want to contend in majors."
Harmon also shared the excitement expressed by Phil Mickelson when he asked for permission to add another player to his stable.
"Phil said, 'It's awesome,''' Harmon said. "We need Rickie Fowler to play good."