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Rory McIlroy back with coach Michael Bannon, splits with Pete Cowen

The pair go back years.

Rory McIlroy: looking to finish season on a high.
Rory McIlroy: looking to finish season on a high.
Image: Alamy Stock Photo

RORY MCILROY HAS reunited with coach Michael Bannon, after a short stint working with Pete Cowen. 

McIlroy linked up with Cowen in March; Bannon was unable to travel frequently during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The coaching relationship with Bannon began when McIlroy was an eight-year-old and saw him become a four-time major winner.  

“Yes, Michael and I are back working together,” McIlroy told Golfweek. “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.”

akron-ohio-3rd-aug-2014-rory-mcilroy-gets-a-hug-from-his-coach-michael-bannon-as-he-heads-to-sign-his-scorecard-after-winning-the-world-golf-championships-bridgestone-invitational-at-firestone-cou Rory McIlroy gets a hug from his coach Michael Bannon as he heads to sign his scorecard after winning the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in 2014. Source: Alamy Stock Photo

McIlroy won the Wells Fargo Championship in May but suffered a big dip in form thereafter and performed poorly at the Ryder Cup, his last time working with Cowen. 


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Last month he won his 20th PGA Tour title, the CJ Cup in Las Vegas and a few days later began working with Bannon again. 

His next outing is the DP World Championship in Dubai, the European Tour’s season finale. 

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