Pete Cowen believes Rory Mcllroy needs to look to the future ahead of his bid to complete the career grand slam. A win in Augusta would mean that Mcllroy would become only the sixth golfer in the modern era to claim all four majors. Mcllroy has now endured 16 months without a trophy and his ranking has been his worst in a decade.
“We were on the range this morning and just went through the basic principles of what we actually need to achieve,” Cowen said. “Just go back to the simple process of making sure that we improve.”
Cowen is also working with four-time major champion Brooks Koepa who is expected to tee off even though he hasn’t fully recovered from knee surgery. Koepka believes he can win the Green Jacket despite the fact that he has sat out of the last five PGA Tour events.
“Walking the course is going to be the main thing, nothing else,” Cowen said. “Hitting balls is no problem. He’s in great shape. I don’t think anybody can help but be surprised knowing he was on crutches 19 days ago. To be here and hitting it as well as he’s hitting it, he’s in great shape. The only problem is going to be walking. It’s a tough course to walk.”