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Thanks to new coach in the fold, Gary Woodland swings back into contention

DUBLIN, Ohio – Reigning U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland is changing up a member of his team.

Woodland said Friday that he began working earlier this week with swing coach Justin Parsons, who is based at the Sea Island (Ga.) Golf Performance Center and is a disciple of Butch Harmon, Woodland’s former instructor.

With one of Woodland’s other longtime coaches, Pete Cowen, unable to travel to the United States because of the coronavirus pandemic – he hasn’t seen him since The Players – Woodland needed another coach who could work with him on a weekly basis.

“It was nice to have Justin here, a set of eyes, and get me back on track because I’ve been struggling for a while with ball-striking,” he said, “and it’s starting to come together pretty nicely.