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Rory McIlroy consults Tiger Woods’ former coach Butch Harmon ahead of Grand Slam bid at The Masters | Golf News

Rory McIlroy has consulted Tiger Woods’ former coach Butch Harmon as he prepares for his 10th attempt at completing the Grand Slam by winning The Masters.

Victory at Augusta National this month, live on Sky Sports, would see McIlroy emulate Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen, Gary Player and Ben Hogan as the only men to claim all four major championships.

The Northern Irishman will tee it up at the Valero Texas Open this week before heading to Georgia for The Masters, a major at which he has recorded seven top-10 finishes but missed the cut twice in the past three years.

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Butch Harmon, a familiar face to Sky Sports viewers, formerly coached Tiger Woods

Speaking on the ‘I Can Fly’ podcast, McIlroy said: “I went last week to see Butch Harmon for a golf lesson.

“I’ve seen him over the years, like once every few years. I’ll say, ‘Hey, Butch, can I just come see you and you can take a look and see what you think’.”

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Sky Sports’ Nick Dougherty believes McIlroy can complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National

McIlroy added that as he was leaving for the airport, his daughter Poppy asked him where he was going.

When he said he was going for a golf lesson, McIlroy said: “She said, ‘Dada, you already know how to play golf’.

“That’s probably the best piece of advice I’ve gotten in the last three years.”


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Thursday 4th April 1:15pm


Watch the Valero Texas Open live on Sky Sports from Thursday through to Sunday. Coverage of day one begins at 1.15pm on Sky Sports Golf. Then catch The Masters exclusively live on Sky Sports between April 11-14.

When is The Masters on Sky Sports?

Wall-to-wall coverage from the tournament begins at 2pm over the first two rounds on Thursday April 11 and Friday April 12, with Featured Group action and regular updates from around the course available to enjoy on Sky Sports Golf until the global broadcast window begins at 8pm.

There will be lots of extra action throughout all four days via the red button on Sky Sports Golf, along with Sky Q and Sky Glass, providing plenty of bonus feeds and allowing you to follow players’ progress through various parts of Augusta’s famous layout.

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Watch all the action from The Masters, exclusively live on Sky Sports from April 11-14

The notorious Amen Corner stream will also be available and focuses on the famous three-hole stretch from the 11th, while a feed of the fourth, fifth and sixth holes will go live each day as soon as the opening group reach that part of the course.

Another stream covering the 15th and 16th hole is also available for every round, while extended coverage of the weekend action begins at both 3pm on both Saturday April 13 and Sunday April 14.

Sky Sports Golf will show build-up content and occasional live updates from the course before the global broadcast window starts at 8pm for the third round and 7pm for the final day, with early action available throughout via the red button.

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