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Claude Harmon III explains why he was fired by Brooks Koepka

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Brooks Koepka and Claude Harmon III’s split was a surprise when it was announced in January, and the swing coach has given his view on the break up this week on The Filthy Lipout Golf Podcast.

On the podcast, Harmon III stated that he believed that Brooks “wanted to hear something different”, bringing an end to their highly successful 8-year spell.

“I just got fired by Brooks Koepka. I was with Brooks for eight years. You know, I think you get players that say ‘Listen, I’m just tired of hearing the same thing’ and I’ve always been one that would say, ‘Well listen, I’m not gonna make stuff up, I can try and tell you something different but we kind of know what you do as a player and if you’ve had success.’

You know Brooks had an eight-year run of some incredible golf, and I think Brooks is at a stage of his career having gone through an injury where maybe he wants to hear something different and that kind of stuff happens.”

Harmon was told he was being let go by Koepka the Wednesday after the Masters.

Since the split, Koepka has won his first Tour event since 2019 at the Phoenix Open and backed that up with a runner-up finish last week at the WGC-Workday Championship.

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  1. geohogan

    Mar 22, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    Tiger was successful with Butch Harmon, but at what cost…. The harmon upright swing destroys knees and lower backs.
    Momentum and subsequently COAM is a result of rotation from the pivot from right hip to left hip.

    Harmons promote posting around a left leg, resulting in interrupting the rotation of the left hip
    and release of the spine ..left big toe

  2. Just a Guy

    Mar 17, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Claude Harmon: Bud, you have to get off the “juice” ….

    Brooks: Your “Fired” LOL

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  4. Jordan Spieth

    Mar 3, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    Swing coaches kill careers.

    • Cameron McCormick

      Mar 3, 2021 at 10:24 pm

      Nahhhhh Jordan. We just need more time to sort it out. Don’t fire me!

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Report: LPGA rookie fined $10k for slow play

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LPGA rookie Yealimi Noh was handed a $10k fine by the LPGA for slow play at last week’s Kia Classic, according to a report from Golfweek.

Per the report, the 19-year-old said a rules official showed up mid-way through the front nine and stayed with her group for nine holes and hit Noh with bad times on holes 10 and 12.

“I can’t appeal because it’s obviously my fault..As much as I think about it’s a good learning experience, obviously now I’m never going to do that again hopefully, which is good. It’s hard to get over; that’s a lot of money.” – Noh told GolfWeek.

Noh finished the event T61 and earned $4,247, which resulted in her making a loss for the week once the slow-play fine is calculated.

The rookie received a pace-of-play fine in 2020, which meant that her two bad-times fines at the Kia Classic were doubled for 2021. If Koh doesn’t face a penalty resulting in a fine in 2022, then the cost will revert back to the original price of $2,500. (The LPGA considers 2020 rookies to be rookies in 2021 as well, because of the limited number of events contested during the COVID-19 pandemic).

In addition to Noh’s slow-play fine, per the report, Robynn Ree became the first player on the tour to be hit with a two-stroke penalty last week for being out of position on the course.

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Andy Murray reveals desire to become tour caddie after tennis career

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Three-time major champion Andy Murray has declared his interest in becoming a caddie for a tour pro once he’s finished with the sport of tennis.

Speaking to TheGentlemansJournal.com, Murray spoke about his admiration for the game of golf and what he could bring to the table from a mental aspect.

“I really like golf, so being a caddie for example on the golf tour would be something I would find exciting. 

“To be up close and personal to top golfers – and to learn about another sport like that – and maybe there’s some crossover between the two sports from the mental side and things, and so you might be able to help a golfer.”

The Scot also spoke about an alternative plan of getting his coaching badges in football.

Though he has no experience in golf or football, Murray does know what it takes to get the job done in the biggest moments, having won the U.S. Open once and Wimbledon twice.

 

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2021 ANA Inspiration odds

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The opening major of the year gets underway this week from Missions Hill CC, as the elite field gets set to battle it out for the ANA Inspiration.

Inbee Park is the prohibitive favorite for the tournament after her dominant victory at last week’s Kia Classic and starts the event at 15/2.

As for the U.S. challenge, there are a bunch of players in top form, and Nelly Korda leads the American charge at 11/1, while Danielle Kang and Lexi Thompson are also fancied to go well and begin the tournament at odds of 12/1

Here are the complete list of 2021 ANA Inspiration odds (As of March 30) courtesy of BetOnline.ag.

  • Inbee Park 15/2
  • Jin Young Ko 10/1
  • Hyo Joo Kim 11/1
  • Nelly Korda 11/1
  • Danielle Kang 12/1
  • Lexi Thompson 12/1
  • Lydia Ko 18/1
  • Brooke Henderson 20/1
  • So Yeon Ryu 20/1
  • Jessica Korda 22/1
  • Minjee Lee 22/1
  • Sei Young Kim 22/1
  • In Gee Chun 25/1
  • Ariya Jutanugarn 50/1
  • Amy Olson 55/1
  • Austin Ernst 55/1
  • Charley Hull 55/1
  • Stacy Lewis 55/1
  • Jennifer Kupcho 66/1
  • Jeongeun Lee6 66/1
  • Ally Ewing 70/1
  • Carlota Ciganda 70/1
  • Jenny Shin 70/1
  • Moriya Jutanugarn 75/1
  • Nasa Hataoka 80/1
  • Sophia Popov 80/1
  • A. Lim Kim 90/1
  • Amy Yang 90/1
  • Cheyenne Knight 90/1
  • Sung Hyun Park 90/1
  • Anna Nordqvist 100/1
  • Brittany Altomare 100/1
  • Caroline Masson 100/1
  • Emily Kristine Pederson 100/1
  • Gaby Lopez 100/1
  • Georgia Hall 100/1
  • Hannah Green 100/1
  • Jennifer Song 100/1
  • Jodi Ewart Shadoff 100/1
  • Marina Alex 100/1
  • Megan Khang 100/1
  • Mel Reid 100/1
  • Shanshan Feng 100/1
  • Hinako Shibuno 110/1
  • Brittany Lincicome 125/1
  • Leona Maguire 125/1
  • Lizette Salas 125/1
  • Mi Jung Hur 125/1
  • Mirim Lee 125/1
  • Xiyu Lin 125/1
  • Yealimi Noh 125/1
  • Yu Liu 125/1

Who is your tip to win the opening major of the year, WRXers?

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