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Rory McIlroy shares a joke with Pete Cowen during practice ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup. Picture credit: Getty Images

Rory McIlroy shares a joke with Pete Cowen during practice ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup. Picture credit: Getty Images

Rory McIlroy shares a joke with Pete Cowen during practice ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup. Picture credit: Getty Images

No golfer can resist a quick fix but Rory McIlroy clearly needs something longer lasting after jettisoning soft-spoken Michael Bannon for straight-talking Yorkshireman Pete Cowen just two weeks before he rolls down Magnolia Lane for the Masters.

What the future holds for Bannon, who has coached McIlroy since he was an eight-year old boy at Holywood Golf Club remains to be seen. But given the timing, McIlroy is clearly desperate to give himself the best possible chance, not just of completing the career Grand Slam at the seventh attempt at Augusta National on April 11, but making the second half of his career even more successful than the first.

With McIlroy’s backroom team confirming on Monday night that “Pete is an addition to Rory’s performance team”, it’s clear that this is no friendly request for an opinion, as Cowen said two weeks ago, but the “different direction” the four-time major winner spoke about at Bay Hill.


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