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Playing in the Shell Houston Open at Redstone Golf Club was a bittersweet experience for me. Houston was the hometown and Redstone the home course of Dick Harmon, my teacher for 14 years. He died unexpectedly of complications from pneumonia on Feb. 10 at age 58, and his loss still shocks and saddens me.
I started out trying to make the week as normal as I could, but I guess that was never really possible. Every time I've come here for the last six or seven years, whether it was for the tournament or simply to work with Dick, I stayed with him and his wife, Nancy. So I did that again last week, but it wasn't the same. Nancy's still pretty emotional and needed a shoulder to lean on. We spent a lot of time telling stories about Dick, laughing and crying. I cried a lot, but it was great to remember all the good times.
My normal routine was also broken when the club asked me to speak at the dedication of its new First Tee facility, named the Dick Harmon Learning Center. That was tough because I was caught off guard, but I was able to choke out a few words about Dick and was happy that I could represent him.
On the course I gave my regular caddie the week off and asked one of Dick's brothers, Billy, to carry my bag. (Like Dick, his three brothers--Craig, Butch and Billy--are well-known teachers.) Billy and I spent a lot of time jabbering back and forth, talking about Dick. I played pretty well [Glover finished 21st], and Billy was helpful to me on the course. It was good for us to be together. I've known Billy a long time through Dick, and we've become good friends. I think Dick would've appreciated us sticking together and enjoying the week.
One thing that has been very meaningful is how each of the brothers has told me personally that if I ever need anything, just call. I've already asked for help from Butch and Billy, and I'm sure I'll ask Craig in the future. Right now Butch has been helping me with my game, and I think I'll continue to work with him for a while, maybe forever.
It's great to get the support of the brothers and Nancy, but the bottom line about the Harmons is that they teach golf and life, and it's up to the student to figure out which comes first.
I know there wasn't a shot out there last week on which I didn't think of Dick, and that's the way it will be for a long, long time. It was a pretty emotional week for me, but it was good to remember how he helped me and my career. He was a very special teacher and friend. I am privileged to have known him.