Rory McIlroy left three-year-old daughter baffled by decision to visit Tiger Woods’ ex-coach

Rory McIlroy received a priceless reaction from his three-year-old daughter for deciding to visit legendary golf coach Butch Harmon.

All eyes are on McIlroy ahead of the Masters at Augusta next week – but the world No.2 has struggled with his swing in recent months.


McIlroy will launch his latest bid for that elusive green jacket on April 11.Credit: Getty

Speaking ahead of the Texas Open, live on talkSPORT 2, McIlroy revealed he visited Tiger Woods’ former coach Harmon in a bid to improve his game ahead of the country’s first major tournament. the year.

“I went to Butch Harmon for a golf lesson,” McIlroy told the I Can Fly podcast.

“I’ve seen him over the years, about 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.’

But perhaps the most valuable lesson came from his daughter, Poppy, who gave him a healthy dose of perspective before heading off to see Butch.


When he announced he was going to take a golf course, McIlroy added: “She said, ‘Dada, you already know how to play golf.’ That’s probably the best advice I’ve gotten over the years. last three years.”

McIlroy can become only the sixth golfer in history to win all four majors if he finally triumphs at Augusta.

It would also end a ten-year drought since the last of his four major victories – hence the emergency call to Harmon.

Butch served as Woods’ golf coach between 1993 and 2004, inspiring one of the most dominant eras in the sport for any individual athlete.

Harmon has coached many of the game's best players as well as Woods.


Harmon has coached many of the game’s best players as well as Woods.Credit: Getty

McIlroy added at a press conference on Wednesday: “I met Butch when I was 14, so we’ve always had a good relationship. If there’s a guy I want to go get a second opinion from , it’s him.”

“He’s sort of half golf coach, half psychologist. It’s fun to go there, I went and spent probably four hours with him in Vegas. He said a few things to me that resonated. “

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