Rory McIlroy has started working with renowned coach Pete Cowen on an official basis as he tries to rediscover his form in time for the Masters.
McIlroy, 31, has previously solicited Cowen’s contribution informally, but only when longtime coach Michael Bannon was out of a tournament.
One of those opportunities was at the Players Championship earlier this month.
“Pete has been added to Rory’s team,” McIlroy’s agent Sean O’Flaherty confirmed Tuesday.
Cowen, of Sheffield, is considered one of the best coaches in the world and has worked with many major champions including Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell.
McIlroy, who had been taught by Bannon since he was a junior, missed the cut in defense of his players’ championship title after rounds of 79 and 75 at TPC Sawgrass, after producing a poor final round when he was in contention at the previous Arnold Palmer Invitational. week.
The Northern Irishman admitted his swing suffered following an attempt to add more length to his game after watching Bryson DeChambeau win the US Open.
“I think a lot of people have done it,” McIlroy said. “I would be lying if I said it had nothing to do with what Bryson did at the US Open.
“I think a lot of people saw that and was like, ‘whoa, if that’s how they’re going to create golf courses in the future, that helps.’ It really helps.
“I thought being able to gain more speed is a good thing, and maybe just at the expense of a little bit of my swing, I got there, but I just need to maybe master it a bit. “
McIlroy led the world rankings when golf was closed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but slipped to 11th ahead of this week’s WGC-Dell Technologies game in Texas.
His most recent victory dates back to November 2019 and the last of his four major titles was at the 2014 US PGA Championship.