Rory McIlroy is now under the direction of coach Pete Cowen (Image: Getty Images)
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Rory McIlroy's new coach predicts the star will soon find Majors child play again after rediscovering his hunger.
Veteran British coach Pete Cowen started working with McIlroy earlier this year.
The Northern Ireland ace had previously solely relied upon long-time mentor Michael Bannon from his junior days.
But the four-time Major champion's quest to shake up his game post-lockdown has seen him embrace respected Cowen.
Cowen is confident McIlroy, 32, will soon start lifting silverware again after claiming his form inevitably dipped after getting married in 2017 before his baby daughter Poppy arrived in September 2020.
Asked about McIlroy's hunger to succeed, Cowen told The Mirror: “He has got it back.
“There is a stat in America that when you first get married, your ranking goes down a little bit.
“When your first child arrives, it goes down a little bit.
“It happened with me with Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke when they first got married and had their children, and Thomas Bjorn.
“The 18 months after, really everyone was struggling a little bit because all of a sudden it is not all about them.
“But this week in practise, he was brilliant, so carry on.
“When that talent is there , it is not that difficult.”
McIlroy with his now wife Erica Stoll
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Former world No.1 McIlroy, now ranked 11th, missed the cut at the Scottish Open after previously coming a disappointing tied 59th at the Irish Open.
His early exit from Scotland enabled the ace and caddie Harry Diamond to get to Kent early to prepare ahead of Thursday's first round at Royal St George's.
Experienced coach Cowen, whose clients have won over 250 tournaments on the main tours and 10 Majors, insists McIlroy is close to top form after coming tied seventh at the US Open last month.
His input previously helped McIlroy end an 18-month wait for a win at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in May – just six weeks after they started working together.
Cowan reflected: “I have known Rory since he was 13 as I was Irish coach at the time and he was a young lad.
Rory McIlroy with his wife Erica Stoll
“I have spent a bit of time talking with him about the golf swing over the years.
“Michael can't travel at the moment , he has a few difficulties.
“So Rory needed someone at the tournaments and I have been there with him.
“It made sense and that is how it was really straight after the Players Championship in March.
“It has been very interesting making Rory understand where his strengths are and what he has to do to achieve what he wants, which is more Majors.
“He won at Quail Hollow which gives us a bit of breathing space to what we are doing.
“Then he played really well at the US Open and had a chance there until he three-putted the 11th in the last round.
Rory McIlroy went close at the US Open earlier this year
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“If he hadn't done that, he probably would have had a good run at it.
“Then he played poorly the last couple of weeks in Ireland and Scotland.
“But sometimes it is those weeks you need to actually sit down and get everything off the plate to say this is what is required and off you go again.
“Me , Harry and Rory sit down and talk a lot.
“It is interesting as well from their perceptions.
“It is not rocket science, it is actually very simple.
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“If you have known somebody that long it doesn't take much time to get comfortable.
“He is doing the right thing.
“He knows he is doing the right thing and that is the important thing.
“If the player knows he is doing the right thing, regardless of what I say, it is massive.
“He is his own boss, he knows what he wants.
“You are there to be part of that journey.”