For the primary time since he was eight years outdated, Rory McIlroy has signed up with a brand new swing coach. The four-time main winner has cemented his relationship with Pete Cowen as he tries to recuperate his type in time for The Masters, the season’s first main that begins two weeks on Thursday. Cowen has labored in an unofficial foundation with McIlroy earlier than, however solely when his long-time guru Michael Bannon has not been current at a match. Most not too long ago, the much-lauded Yorkshireman was seen with McIlroy on the vary at Bay Hill after which at Sawgrass a fortnight in the past. Cowen informed reporters that he “was just giving Rory my opinion” and identified that he has recognized him since he was a marketing consultant coach to the Ireland novice youth workforce. Yet now Cowen is being employed on an official foundation, as Mcllroy seeks to profit from the experience that has introduced 10 majors and greater than 275 Tour wins within the final quarter of a century. The story of Rory McIlroy’s dreaded ‘two-way’ miss Cowen’s roster has featured the likes of Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Danny Willett and Tommy Fleetwood and at the moment contains Brooks Koepka, Henrik Stenson, Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter. Telegraph Sport broke the information of Cowen’s appointment on Monday night after it emerged that the the four-time main champion has informed fellow professionals of his “change in direction” in hiring him. McIlroy’s agent, Sean O’Flaherty, subsequently confirmed to ESPN that the coach “is an addition to Rory’s performance team.” The information will result in raised eyebrows, not least due to the longevity of the McIlroy-Bannon partnership. “Michael knows my swing better than anyone knows it, inside out,” Mcilroy remarked, as not too long ago as July.