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Rickie Fowler in contention at CJ Cup after visit with Butch Harmon

Rickie Fowler in contention at CJ Cup after visit with Butch Harmon

Coming off the worst year of his career, Rickie Fowler missed the cut at the Shriners Children’s Open last week in his first event since August’s Wyndham Championship. 

However, there was some light at the end of the tunnel when the 32-year-old closed his disappointing week with three straight birdies.  Six days later in the same city, Las Vegas, but in a different tournament, Fowler kept the run going, shooting his second-straight 66 to finish the CJ Cup’s first-round tied for eighth.  

But last weekend off benefitted Fowler as he took the time to visit Butch Harmon, his former swing coach of five years. Harmon, 78, stopped traveling with the Tour in 2019, but when the Tour came to his native Nevada, where he runs his School of Golf at Rio Secco, Fowler took the opportunity to see a comforting face. 

“Yeah, so obviously having the weekend off last week, the course here was closed and I wanted to hit balls,” Fowler said. “So it’s always fun to catch up with Butchie, he’s someone that’s just fun to be around, and on top of that it was nice to use the facility over there, hit some balls.”

Full-field scores from the CJ Cup at Summit

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