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He isn't Tiger, but he still gets an assist from Harmon

May 30, 2010

PARKER, Colo.--There has been a lot of chatter recently about the possibility of Billy Harmon becoming Tiger Woods' teacher, but at the Senior PGA Championship, Harmon's expertise paid off for Champions Tour stalwart Loren Roberts.

Roberts was paired in the first round with Jay Haas, a longtime pupil of Harmon's. After struggling to a 77 at Colorado GC, Roberts, who had never worked with Harmon, asked the instructor to meet him on the practice range.

"I told him, 'I know I'm not Tiger, but how about taking a look?'" Roberts joked the next day.

Roberts' game turned around after the lesson. He closed with 70-70-71 to finish T-15 at even-par 288.

"What I like about Billy is, he's old school," Roberts said. "There's a lot of ways to swing and no reason to drastically change what you've got. We just talked about getting my thumbs more under the club at the top. I've had the club real shut at the top and he was just trying to get it more open. I appreciate him taking a look; he sure helped me out. I was going nowhere after the first round."

-- Bill Fields