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Notebook: In speedy move, Woodland signs on with swing coach Harmon

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

Golfweek magazine reported Woodland will start off operating with Harmon right away. 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 believed it best that he and the large hitter element ways.

Woodland told the magazine: “Butch has taken individuals where I want to go.”

Woodland won his very 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 ten years.

Harmon has taken two golfers, Greg Norman and Tiger Woods, to No. 1 in the planet. His existing list of customers contain 4-time main champion Phil Mickelson, Nick Watney and Dustin Johnson.

“I like my foursome. Let’s put it that way,” Harmon stated.

LAY OFF THE ACCELERATOR: Johnny Miller was speedy to point out how distinct he and Nick Faldo had been as players, and he stated this with some regret. Miller aimed at every single flag he saw. Faldo was much more of a strategist.

“Nick was the ultimate in restricting the temptation, playing a cautious game — middle of the green, swing straightforward, generally think his way about in a non-thrilling way,” Miller mentioned. “And that lent itself to winning majors.”

Miller won 25 occasions on the PGA Tour but had only two majors — the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont (lest anybody forget, he shot 63 in the final round) and the 1976 British Open at Royal Birkdale more than a rising teenage star named Seve Ballesteros.

Faldo won six majors, three instances every single in the Masters and British Open.

“I played just the opposite,” Miller said. “I hit it as challenging as I could, fired at each and every flag stick, and that lends itself to getting train wrecks in the majors. If I had to do it more than again, I’d have two gas pedals — one of the majors, one for the standard tournaments. I in no way figured that out.”

AMERICAN RICHES: The European Tour’s Race to Dubai was announced with great fanfare for 2009, which was to conclude with a $ ten million purse at the Dubai Planet Championship and a $ ten million bonus pool.

Simply because of the economic crisis, the prize fund for both was decreased to $ 7.five million.

Going into its fourth year, the bonus pool for the top rated 10 players now is $ 3.75 million, with $ 1 million going to the winner — that compares with $ ten million for the FedExCup champion on the PGA Tour from a $ 35 million bonus pool.

The very good news for Europe is that it extended its agreement for the Race to Dubai by way of the finish of 2014.

And although the bonus pool dwindled, the prize funds for the DP Planet Tour Championship in Dubai has improved to $ 8 million, the very same quantity provided at The Tour Championship.

GOLF CHANNEL: The Golf Channel should wait a couple of days to see if that Monday finish at Kapalua helped the viewership. But it couldn’t complain about the start of the new season.

Coming off its largest year, Golf Channel began 2012 with the highest-rated opening round at Kapalua because it began broadcasting the Tournament of Champions in 2007. Friday’s coverage averaged 705,000 viewers (.7 household rating), up 27 percent over round one particular at Kapalua final year, and 50 percent greater than any earlier opening round Golf Channel has broadcast at Kapalua.

DIVOTS: Martha Lang has been appointed to an additional one-year term as chair of the USGA’s Women’s Committee. … Gaylord Sports Management, whose list of customers contains Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney, has been acquired by French-based Lagardere Unlimited. Steve Loy, who founded Gaylord in 2000, will be the president of Lagardere Unlimited Golf. … Ryo Ishikawa is beefing up his U.S. schedule. Along with playing in the Sony Open, the Japanese star has accepted a sponsor’s exemption to play the Farmers Insurance coverage Open at Torrey Pines. David Duval also received an exemption to Torrey Pines. … Of the final 20 winners of the Tournament of Champions, Daniel Chopra (2008) is the only player who failed to make it to the Tour Championship. … Hunter Mahan has renewed his gear contract with Ping.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Fifty years ago, Jack Nicklaus tied for 50th at the Los Angeles Open and earned $ 33.33. A three-way tie for 50th at the Sony Open this week pays $ 13,530.

FINAL WORD: “This is truly the 1st and only event that is kind of like a congratulations for winning.” — Scott Piercy, on making his debut in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua.


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