July 23, 2024

Tommy Fleetwood of England is the legendary former coach of Tiger Woods’ favorite to win the 2024 Masters at Augusta National.

Butch Harmon, the former coach of Tiger Woods, believes Tommy Fleetwood of England is his “dark horse” to win the 2024 Masters.

The 33-year-old has seven victories on the European Ryder Cup circuit worldwide, but he has not yet won on the PGA Tour.

Not that he hasn’t been close, and since 2022, his major league results have generally been getting better.

Undoubtedly, Fleetwood winning the green jacket at Augusta National would be a very well-liked Masters result.

Speaking with GolfMagic prior to the season’s opening major, Harmon argued that Fleetwood’s game fits him perfectly because of his ability to hit the ball with consistent left-to-right movement.

Harmon said, “I’ll pick one of your guys, Tommy Fleetwood.”

“I think he’s ready to break out and win a major,” he went on. His game against Augusta is excellent.

He plays from the right to the left. Over our past two years together, he has become a better player in every way.

“He’s a very reliable player who, when called upon, manages the situation skillfully.

“He was right there in both Opens last year, and he had a good chance to win two majors.

“He deserves a break himself because he lost the Canadian Open to Nick Taylor, who holed a 72-footer.

Tommy Fleetwood is playing with a lot of confidence, and in my opinion, he’s not just one of the world’s greatest golfers, but also one of the nicest guys.

Thus, I’m hoping he can finish it.

Fleetwood has had a mixed performance in 2024.

At the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, he only managed a top-10 finish, and at Bay Hill, he missed one cut.

At the first Dubai Invitational, the Englishman beat Rory McIlroy to start the year on a high note.

Even though he is Harmon’s clear favorite, the renowned golf instructor said that a few other players might be able to upset the hot favorites Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler.

“Obviously, Wyndham Clark, the reigning US Open champion, is playing very well,” Harmon, 80, stated.

“Xander Schauffele has a great playing style. It’s Viktor Hovland, I believe, who has taken me by surprise.

“At the moment, he is experiencing some swing changes. In the world, Viktor is ranked—what, six—?

“He hasn’t performed to his full ability, despite being one of the most reliable players in the league.

Consequently, it will be intriguing to watch what he does. Every single guy you’re staring at up there.

“It’s obvious that Scottie Scheffler has played better than anyone. He always appears to be winning when he tees it up.

In terms of consistency, he is currently having a mini-Tiger Woods moment.

“He is going to be a terrific guy to look at because he knows Augusta and has been there before.

Simply because we haven’t seen Jon Rahm on the PGA Tour, I believe that we will all be examining him.

“Nobody knows how he is doing; he went to LIV.”

Harmon went on, “You consider some of the other major winners. Brian Harman, for example, has a terrific short game, but his game, in my opinion, isn’t appropriate for Augusta because he isn’t one of the longest hitters. Despite this, he still has a chance to win.

We’ll see how [Ludvig] Aberg performs in this major because he’s a young man with a great golf swing and a lot of potential.

“And Matt Fitzpatrick, who has performed admirably this season, is another. He’s another guy that I believe will do well there.

“Aside from Tiger Woods, the top players that everyone will be talking about are Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, and Jon Rahm.

Thus, I believe that many guys will have an opportunity. That’s what makes this year’s first major so thrilling.

“Until we can watch it on Sky, we have no idea what will happen; after that, we will all find out together.”

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