It appears Dustin Johnsons recent reunion with former college coach and swing instructor Allen Terrell may bring to an end to his three-plus years of work with celebrated swing coach Butch Harmon.
Johnson, however, has at least continued to work with Harmon's son, Claude Harmon III, the director of instruction at the Butch Harmon Floridian learning center in Palm City, Fla.
Johnson has been instructed by both Harmons in the past couple years and Claude Harmon said on Twitter he flew to last week's Deutsche Bank Championship with Johnson and worked with him during the week.
Butch Harmon, 70, who instructs Phil Mickelson and previously instructed Tiger Woods, replaced Terrell as Johnsons swing coach in the spring of 2010.
Johnson had continued his working relationship with Terrell after he completed four years at Coastal Carolina in June 2007, and Terrell confirmed Tuesday he has again been working diligently with Johnson on his game for the past six weeks.
Terrell said he and Butch Harmon spoke on July 30 while walking fairways with Mickelson and Johnson during a practice round for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.
He understood and said, Its not the first time Ive been fired by a pretty good player, Terrell recalled. He just wants whats best for Dustin.
Johnsons agent, David Winkle of Hambric Sports Management, did not return messages Tuesday and Jack Stoberski, vice president of Butch Harmon Golf Enterprises, said Harmon would be unavailable until his Las Vegas golf school reopens on Sept. 10 following maintenance. Claude Harmon did not return an email Wednesday.
Terrell said working with him full time doesnt mean its exclusive to me, though hes not sure if Johnson discussed with Butch Harmon the possibility of continuing their relationship when he informed the teacher of his decision to hire Terrell again. Terrell said he has spoken to Claude Harmon III as well.
I dont know what [Johnson] told Butch, Terrell said. I know Dustin and myself appreciate what Butch and Claude have done. I just fielded a call from Dustin and Im helping him. I didnt want it to look like Im meddling.
All of our goals are the same. I think they know my intentions are on the up and I didnt solicit this. Im not there to take their glory, Im just there to help Dustin play well, have a successful career and make a lot of money. Like any of our [CCU] players, if he calls me Ill be there for him.
Terrell resigned from CCU on Aug. 29 after 13 years as the universitys mens golf coach. He led the Chants to a fifth-place finish in the 2007 NCAA Championships in Johnsons senior season.
In addition to continuing to help operate Johnsons charitable foundation as its vice president, Terrell will head instruction at a developing Dustin Johnson Golf School at the TPC of Myrtle Beach. Ive received a lot of calls already wanting instruction, Terrell said.
Johnson has had similar success under the direction of both Terrell and the Harmons.
In approximately two-and-a-half seasons on the PGA Tour with Terrell, the Columbia native won three times and recorded 12 top-10s while earning $6.5 million and improving his earnings each year. In more than three seasons with Harmon though hes missed several months with injuries Johnson has won four times and recorded 23 top-10s while earning $12.4 million.
Since reuniting with Terrell, Johnson has played in five events with a tie for second in the RBC Canadian Open and tie for eighth in the PGA Championship.
Terrell said he got a call from Johnson on July 25 asking about his availability. In a six-day span he had finished the British Open with rounds of 76 and 77 and began the Canadian Open with a 75, and he contacted Terrell within hours of that opening round.
Johnsons caddie, Bobby Brown, texted images of Johnsons swing and Terrell made suggestions, and Johnson went on to tie for second at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Ontario, losing a chance for a victory with a triple bogey on the 17th hole in the final round.
Terrell worked with Johnson the next week at the Bridgestone Invitational, was also on site at The Barclays two weeks ago in Jersey City, N.J., and has spent time with Johnson near his home in Florida over the past few weeks.
Terrell has been an officer in Johnsons foundation since its inception and the two have remained close since Johnson left CCU. Terrell said he has given the former Myrtle Beach resident sporadic instruction over the past few years, including last year prior to Johnsons return to competition after missing three months with a back injury. He won the FedEx St. Jude Classic a week after his return at The Memorial.
Weve been working together a little more in the past year but it wasnt consistent, kind of here and there, Terrell said.
Butch Harmons stable of clients still includes Nick Watney and Natalie Gulbis, and Gary Woodland has been working with both Butch and Claude Harmon, who works with Ernie Els as well.
Contact ALAN BLONDIN at 626-0284.