Dustin Johnson has made the surprise decision to split from swing coach Claude Harmon, less than two weeks away from the US Open.
Golf Channel first reported the news on Sunday night, followed by Johnson himself making the news official shortly after courtesy of a statement through his management.
“I have great respect for Claude, both as an instructor and friend, and appreciate all he has done to further my career,” said Johnson. “He has undoubtedly helped me reach many of my goals.”
Interestingly, Johnson will continue to work with Harmon’s father Butch via video.
He will also be employing the services of Allen Terrell, who coached Johnson in college and is the director of coaching at the new Dustin Johnson Golf School in South Carolina.
Golf Channel reported that Claude Harmon noticed Johnson working with Terrell at Bethpage but got no response when he attempted to contact him about it.
The former World No 1 did eventually inform Harmon of his decision via text during the Memorial.
Johnson is scheduled to play in the RBC Canadian Open next week – where he is the defending champion – before heading to Pebble Beach for next week’s US Open.
Sam Horsfield was literally lost for words after his maiden European Tour win.
The American sits atop the leaderboard despite a mixed third round on Saturday.
The Englishman saw a commanding lead cut after a stuttering back nine.
Brooks Koepka made a not-so-subtle dig at Bryson DeChambeau’s “anthill” moment from the first round in Memphis.
The tournament marked the resumption of the tour.
Horsfield fired an eagle and seven birdies in a second round of 63 at the Forest of Arden to share the halfway lead with Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez.
Koepka carded a superb 62 to take a two-stroke lead after the opening day.
A change in date from August to May last year placed the tournament second in line behind the Masters, in calendar terms at least.
The four-time major winner shot 62 in his opening round.