PGA Tour pro turns to Tiger Woods ex long-term coach to get game back on track

PGA Tour pro Taylor Montgomery has joined up with Tiger Woods' former golf coach Butch Harmon. 

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Wed, 11 Oct 2023
PGA Tour pro turns to Tiger Woods ex long-term coach to get game back on track

PGA Tour pro Taylor Montgomery has joined Tiger Woods' former long-time golf coach Butch Harmon in a bid to get his game back on track starting at this week's Shriners Children's Open.

Montgomery, 28, immediately burst on the scene once earning his PGA Tour card for the 2022/23 season. 

The American's best finish to date came in the very first tournament of the season with a solo third at the Fortinet Championship in September 2022. 

He then impressively added seven top-15 finishes in his next eight appearances on the PGA Tour. 


But if truth be told the big-hitting American has hit a brick wall in recent months. 

He has missed five of the last six cuts on the PGA Tour dating back to the US Open.

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Montgomery, who is teeing it up on home soil in Las Vegas this week, is eager to find his best form before closing out the Fall Series.

LPGA Tour star Lexi Thompson is also competing in this week's PGA Tour event, and she has hit back a PGA Tour pro's "gimmick" comment on the eve of the first round at TPC Summerlin.

Montgomery is hoping a switch to legendary golf coach Harmon, who helped Woods win eight of his 15 career majors, will be a catalyst for immediate change. 

Montgomery told the media: 

"Just started working with Butch Harmon the last couple weeks, so hopefully him and I can get it going."

On how his new partnership with Harmon came about, Montgomery added: 

"I was just struggling and I kept doing the same thing and trying to fix basically the same thing. Never changed, so I'm like, might as well change something and see what happens.
"I've always been kind of -- always done short game stuff, chipping, putting by myself and having my dad look at me every once in a while, but ball striking is the key. If I'm hitting it good I'm going to be right there most of the time.
"Not all the time, but most of the time. That's one part of my game that I want to really improve."

Montgomery had risen to a career-best 51st in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) earlier this season but has since slipped back to 74th after a lacklustre run of results. 

The American admits he is still trying to find answers as to why his game has struggled.

Montgomery said: 

"I mean, I feel like mentally I've stayed the same. I've kept the same routine. Obviously I'm doing something different. When I first came out here I'm hitting an 8-iron 175 yards, and towards the middle of the season I'm smoking it 150, 155. Like I'm clearly doing something wrong, whether it was like body-wise, I don't know.
"I think I just got into a bad habit of leaning back on it and just scooping it. Yeah, I can see how you can really fall off the deep end like mentally playing bad. That's never going to be go me. Whether I play good or bad, I for get about it and it's onto the next day."

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