Rory McIlroy, 32, officially began working with renowned trainer Pete Cowen in March; In an interview with Golfweek, the Northern Irishman confirmed that he is “working again with Michael Bannon,” who coached the four-time major winner at the age of eight
Last updated: 11/11/21 10:42 AM
Rory McIlroy won his 20th PGA Tour title last month
Rory McIlroy has reunited with longtime swing coach Michael Bannon after eight months of working with Pete Cowen.
McIlroy, 32, officially hired renowned coach Cowen in March, but did not part with Bannon, who has not been able to travel as often since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Yes, Michael and I are working together again,” said McIlroy of the world rankings “Golfweek”.
“I’ve always had a relationship with Pete and I’ll ask him for his contribution when I feel I need him. But now it’s Michael and me. “
McIlroy won the CJ Cup in Las Vegas for his 20th PGA Tour title last month, but has since been reported to have resumed working with Bannon in Florida.
The Northern Irishman’s longstanding coaching relationship with Bannon began when he was eight and has made him a four-time major winner and a world number one.
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After missing cuts to The Players Championship and Masters, McIlroy won the Wells Fargo Championship for the third time in May while working with Cowen.
However, he only had two other top 10 finishes last season – a T7 at the US Open and fourth at the BMW Championship.
McIlroy struggled for the first two days of the Ryder Cup before giving an emotional interview after winning his first individual point on Sunday when Europe suffered a record loss to the US at Whistling Straits in September.
An emotional Rory McIlroy struggled to hold back tears as he reflected on his Ryder Cup performance and his individual victory over Xander Schauffele
Cowen has worked with several big winners, including Brooks Koepka, Henrik Stenson, and Graeme McDowell.
McIlory’s next start is the DP World Championship at the end of the European Tour season on November 18th, live on Sky Sports.
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