November 04, 2015

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. (AP) Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson has decided to leave swing coach Butch Harmon after eight years.

Mickelson said in a statement Wednesday to Golf.com that he has learned a great deal from Harmon since they began working together in 2007. Mickelson said at this time he needs to ''hear new ideas from a different perspective.''

Shortly after he began working with Harmon, Mickelson won The Players Championship and then added the Deutsche Bank Championship while going head-to-head with Tiger Woods. Mickelson joked that Harmon taught him nuances of playing with Woods from Harmon's decade of working with Woods.

Mickelson won 15 times with Harmon, including the Masters in 2010 and British Open in 2013.

He did not indicate who his next coach would be.

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