How Will the Split With Pete Cowan Affect Rory McIlroy for the Upcoming Events?

Published 11/11/2021, 12:10 PM EST
Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 15, 2021 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy in action during the first round REUTERS/Paul Childs


Rory McIlroy is one of the most prominent stars on the PGA Tour. However, the four-time major championship recently made a huge announcement. 

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Rory McIlroy has parted ways with swing coach Pete Cowan. He had started working with him eight months ago, during what was possibly the lowest phase of his career. Moreover, Rory has reunited with his childhood coach Michael Bannon, who created the impeccable swing of McIlroy. Let us see how this decision is further going to affect Rory’s upcoming events.

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How will this decision affect Rory McIlroy for the upcoming season?

Rory McIlroy has reunited with his childhood coach Michael Bannon after a long time. Notably, they are working together for the first time since the pandemic. However, Rory said that he will ask for inputs from Pete whenever he needs.“Yes, Michael and I are back working together,” McIlroy said. “I’ve always had a relationship with Pete, and I’ll ask for his input if I feel I need it. But now it’s Michael and me.”

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Moreover, Rory even admitted that he was searching for his game when Bannon remained at home in Northern Ireland. He even said he lost his way trying to imitate Bryson DeChambeau and his swing speed last year. Hence, he started working with Cowen, who has coached elite players like Westwood, Koepka, and Stenson.

Oct 17, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Rory McIlroy waves to the crowd after making a putt on the second green during the final round of the CJ Cup golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Even though he managed to win the Wells Fargo Championship earlier this year, his declining consistent ball-striking was evident. Hence, his primary aim in this season is better ball striking, especially with irons, where he has been struggling a lot. And to help him in this, there is no better person than his childhood coach, who has built this incredible swing. 

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Fans believe it is an excellent decision by Rory to go back to his comfort man and get all the necessary help to regain supremacy. Meanwhile, he will now be competing in just two more events in 2021. The first is the DP World Championship next week, followed by the Hero World Challenge hosted by Tiger Woods beginning December 2-5 in the Bahamas. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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