Rory McIlroy Turns to Butch Harmon, Tiger Woods' Ex-Coach, for Masters Guidance

"I've seen him over the years, like once every few years. I'll say, 'Hey, Butch, can I just come see you and you can take a look and see what you think'."- Rory McIlroy said

by Sead Dedovic
Rory McIlroy Turns to Butch Harmon, Tiger Woods' Ex-Coach, for Masters Guidance
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Rory McIlroy seems to have definitely decided that it's time to win the Masters this time around. His confidence can be felt in his statements coming day by day. What has sparked reactions and is interesting is that Rory has decided to seek advice from Tiger Woods' former coach, Butch Harmon. In an interview for the 'I Can Fly' podcast, the Northern Irishman confirmed such information. Rory takes the opportunity every few years to get advice from Harmon, considering that Harmon is a person with vast experience and someone who has an ideal understanding of golf.

"I went last week to see Butch Harmon for a golf lesson.

I've seen him over the years, like once every few years. I'll say, 'Hey, Butch, can I just come see you and you can take a look and see what you think'."- Rory McIlroy said, as quoted by Sky Sports!

Rory emphasized that he met Butch when he was just 14 years old, and since then, they have had a great relationship. McIlroy reflected on the struggles in his game and realized that it's good to seek advice from someone who could be of great help to him.

"I met Butch when I was 14 years old, so we've always had a good relationship. If there's one guy that I want to go and get a second opinion from, it's him.

After The Players, struggling through that Florida Swing with my swing and with some of the misses I was having with my irons, I just thought to myself 'I'm obviously missing something here' and that I would love to get him take a look, get a second opinion, a second set of eyes."- he continued.

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Rory McIlroy recognizes the significant impact Butch Harmon has had on the golf world and the mentorship he's provided to various players. He describes his conversations with Harmon as therapeutic, likening them to a form of psychological counseling where you feel both better and more motivated afterward. McIlroy views Harmon as part coach, and part psychologist, emphasizing the unique perspective Harmon brings to the table. Despite holding Bannon's coaching in high regard, McIlroy stresses that Harmon's advice resonates with him in a different way, indicating the depth of insight he gains from their discussions.

He's expected to make a breakthrough this year and finally win the Masters, a dream he's harbored for so long. McIlroy highlighted during a press conference that his game has been at a high level throughout the course of the year. While showing strengths at times and weaknesses at others, his goal is to improve every aspect of his game to become flawless in his profession. He believes he has progressed in areas where he previously struggled. Maintaining focus, self-belief, and assessing his capabilities are his priorities moving forward. 

Rory acknowledged that the results haven't been ideal and that he expected more from himself. However, he sees even the tough days as opportunities to learn. He's grateful for the multitude of tournaments he's played in recent months, as they've allowed him to recognize his mistakes and emphasize his desire to progress. McIlroy hopes to deliver his best from April to August despite the struggles he's faced. 

Rory McIlroy on the changes he made

During the Valero Texas Open this weekend, Rory McIlroy will have the opportunity to play with a TaylorMade prototype 4-iron. The 34-year-old golfer confirmed that he needed to get into a fresh set of irons, as his old ones were two years old. He explained certain changes, hoping to showcase his best performance at this tournament and at the Masters. Such changes indicate that Rory is taking his task seriously, ready to silence his critics.

This year's Masters will be interesting for several reasons. Some familiar faces won't be seen this year, while as many as 13 LIV Golfers will have the right to compete in this tournament. LIV Golf fans are particularly excited and believe that the criticisms directed at LIV Golf can be a motivation for the players of this Tour to prove the PGA Tour fans wrong.

Several names stand out as the main favorites to win this Major, but Rory is certainly the most intriguing name. Pressures from the media and fans aren't what he needs at this moment. The Northern Irishman must now remain calm, accept any outcome, and enter the Masters with composure.

Although it will be a tough task, there's no doubt that McIlroy, as an experienced golfer, can enter this perhaps biggest challenge of the year calmly and prepared.

One thing is clear: Winning the Masters is his top priority, with everything else coming after that.

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