September 12 2012
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Butch Harmon sees a lot of Gary Woodland in Alvaro Quiros. Now he'll try to help him the way he has his other long-hitting client.
Quiros is a six-time European Tour winner, but has just one top-10 finish in a stroke-play event on the European Tour and zero top-25s in seven starts in the United States.
While Harmon and Quiros won't work together full-time because Quiros spends the majority of his season in Europe, Harmon said he hopes to help "clean up" Quiros' game, beginning next month in Las Vegas, when Quiros plans to visit for a few days.
While Quiros ranks second on the European Tour in driving distance (313.4 yards) and 10th on the PGA TOUR (305.6 yards as a non-member). He is only 36th in greens hit on the European Tour, and has hit only 60 percent of his greens on the 2012 PGA TOUR.
"He hits it a long way, but where he hits it from (on his next shot) is the weakest part of his game," Harmon said.
Harmon, who began working with Woodland earlier this year and also coaches long-hitting Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney, is excited about the opportunity.
"Like with Gary, he has a lot to learn," Harmon said. "The exciting part is that also like Gary he has a lot of natural talent. Any time you can hit the ball as far as he does, that's a big advantage."
In addition to working with him next month in Las Vegas, Harmon will spend time with Quiros at World Golf Championships and majors.