Claude Harmon III confirms he's working with Dustin Johnson again

EXCLUSIVE: Claude Harmon III confirms to GolfMagic he's back working with Dustin Johnson; gives update on Brooks Koepka injury

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Mon, 11 Nov 2019
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Back in June, it was revealed that Dustin Johnson had split with his long-term swing coach, Claude Harmon III, after five years of working together, but speaking exclusively to GolfMagic in the United States this week, the world-class golf coach confirmed to us that he is once again working with DJ.

Since finishing runner up to Brooks Koepka at the US PGA Championship in May - shortly before he stopped working with Harmon in June - the American has made just two top-20 finishes (both T20) in his last eight worldwide starts.

For a player of Johnson's ability and a former world No.1, those numbers simply aren't good enough and I'm sure he'd tell you exactly the same.

We were recently in Miami with Cobra Golf, where we got the chance to speak to Claude Harmon III at Drive Shack in West Palm Beach, who confirmed that he is once again working with DJ and was quick to defend him about his recent form.

"He won twice last year," said Harmon. "He's won $5 million and finished second in two majors," he added.

Watch our full video interview with Claude Harmon III above (skip to 5:55 for his thoughts on working wit h Dustin Johnson again)...

Asked about how excited he is to be working with Johnson again, Harmon made it clear he's looking forward to continuing his journey with the 20-time PGA Tour winner.

"Yeah it's always great [to work with DJ].

"DJ is a victim of his own success. He's been number one in the world, he's won four or five times a year for the last two or three years, he's won $60 million dollars on the PGA Tour.

"So last year he has a year where he finishes with two legit chances to win a major championship, finishes second, he won twice and people think it's a down year and that just shows how high the bar is in professional golf but it also shows you how good DJ's been over the last four or five years because he spoils you, I mean he plays so good and at such a high level.

"DJ's had knee surgery in the off-season, he's going to come back in the next three or four weeks and I think he's excited to try and get back to number one in the world and to win another major championship."

Harmon also gave us an update on Brooks Koepka's knee injury after the four-time major champion revealed he underwent stem-cell treatment to repair a partially torn patella tendon in his left knee.

"Brooks is still trying to figure out what direction he is going to do," said Harmon. 

"I definitely think he is going to be taking some time off. You know, when any player gets injured the number one thing for the athlete, regardless of the sport, is they want to get back to playing and Brooks is desperate to get back to playing.

"He's had two of probably the best years of anybody, the way he's played over the last year, the way he and Rory played at the end of the year, he's desperate to stay number one in the world for as long as he can and he's desperate to win as many major championship and tournaments as he can, so hopefully we're going to see Brooks back on the golf course soon but whenever we have an athlete get injured, the goal for us is to say 'listen, nobody comes back too early', get fit first and if it takes a little longer, so we'll see what happens and see what the time frame is with Brooks and hopefully we'll see him back playing again soon."

 

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