Who is Pete Cowen? All you need to know about Rory McIlroy’s coach

Rory McIlroy works with coach Pete Cowen (Image: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Rory McIlroy has turned to golf coach Pete Cowen in recent weeks ahead of the US Masters.

Winless since November 2019, the Irishman missed the cut by ten shots at TPC Sawgrass last month as he struggles to re-find his 2019 form.

And working with the renowned coach, McIlroy hopes to slip into his first ever Masters green jacket at Augusta this weekend.

And as action gets underway at Augusta, we took a look at Pete Cowen and how he can improve McIlroy's game.

Who is Pete Cowen?

Pete Cowen is an ex-professional golfer who had a largely uneventful career in the 1970's and 80's, picking up just one professional win at the Zambia Open in 1976.

But it's his exploits in coaching that many will know him from, having worked with an array of professional players including world no 1's and major winners for over a decade.

Who has he worked with before?

A swing coach, Cowen has worked with pros such as Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell and Tommy Fleetwood in the past.

He also currently coaches Brooks Koepka, Henrik Stenson, and Ian Poulter.

Why has McIlroy recruited him?

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland works with coach Pete Cowen on the range during a practice round
(Image: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

McIlroy has reported problems with his swing dating back to last year when he adopted 'speed training' to help find extra power and distance in his game following Bryson DeChambeau's US Open win.

And working with Cowen since March, McIlroy hopes that he can counter some of those flawed develops in the first major of the year since he came on board around two weeks ago.

What has Cowen said ahead of the Masters

“We were on the range this morning at half-past seven and just went through the basic principles of what we actually need to achieve,” Cowen said in a Sky Sports interview yesterday.

“Just go back to the simple process of making sure that we improve. Practice to improve and stop looking back at what we used to be like.

“As I always say, there’s no future in the past. So you’ve got to look forward.”

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