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March 29, 2013

Coach says McIlroy's swing problems are fixed

Posted at 9:00 AM by Coleman McDowell | Categories: 2013 Masters, Rory McIlroy

163372518Rory McIlroy's swing coach Michael Bannon says his star pupil has fixed the swing problems behind his rough start to 2013, according to the Agence France Press news service.

"Rory's game is all good," Bannon said.

While media and fans speculate about his relationship with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki and his new Nike clubs, his coach said that McIlroy's struggles were a result of a swing issue above anything else.

"His 67 on the final day of Doral clearly showed that Rory's game was coming together as he played very well," Bannon said. "And with Augusta now just two weeks away I am very pleased where his game is and this tournament here in Houston will bed in more what we've been doing. But if you look back on the history of Rory's swing this move from going outside to inside wasn't really typical of him so his takeaway now is more on plane."

McIlroy's putting coach Dave Stockton also think McIlroy's 2013 troubles are behind him.

"All parts of Rory's game are good, and the irons and the woods are good while his putting is fine, too," said Stockton.

"It's now all a matter of hopefully building on how well he played at Doral as his last round was a great, positive final day's play.

"I saw Rory this new season at the Match-Play and the first thing that struck me was how good he was hitting all his new clubs.

"Everyone was blaming Nike and stuff after he was beaten by Shane (Lowry) but I never believed that.

"I've seen him hitting the clubs a lot now and the clubs look really good so I was surprised he had the trouble he had."

Before Houston this week, McIlroy had competed in three tournaments this year; he lost in the first round of the Accenture Match Play Championship, he withdraw from the Honda during his second round, and he finished in a tie for eighth at the WGC-Cadillac.

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