Three-times major champion Padraig Harrington has decided to take a break from his coach of 13 years, Bob Torrance, as he tries to take stock of his career after a run of poor form.
Torrance, father of former Ryder Cup captain and player Sam Torrance and a highly-respected golf teacher, made the announcement on Sunday at the Irish Open.
"Padraig told me that he wants to take a break," Torrance told reporters at Killarney. "He said 'it's while I clear my mind'. I don't know how long it will be. I hope we'll meet again - some sunny day," added the droll 79-year-old.
Harrington has struggled with his form since winning the 2008 U.S. PGA Championship title and missed the cut at Killarney on Friday.
The 39-year-old Irishman changed his swing more than two years ago but that decision led to him sliding down the world rankings from third in 2009 to 64th this week.
"You always strive for perfection but Padraig had won two (British) Opens and a PGA with the old swing and we disagreed about the changes," Torrance said. "He has his own ideas, though, and once he makes his mind up that's it."
Torrance said that Harrington had not indicated he was looking for a new coach at present.