Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley believes Rory McIlroy is just a key momentum to kick off his game ahead of the 85th Masters

McIlroy hasn’t won a major championship since 2014 and has added Pete Cowen to his coaching staff after slipping to 12th in the world rankings after a run of poor form by his high standards

The 31-year-old has said he is on “a journey to try and get back to playing the game like I know I can”, but McGinley thinks the trip may turn out to be shorter than expected

“Pete has a great pedigree and he’s worked with great champions and great players and I just hope that’s where he trains Rory and keeps it simple and clear,” said McGinley, Sky Sports Golf expert

“There is a lot of good golf from Rory McIlroy; for me it’s more about focus If he focuses properly and gets a little confidence and a simple swing thinking that’s when he’s going to ignite, he can ignite very quickly

“When he starts to bounce off the fairways and when he has that look back and that ambition – I called him pointy elbows, get out of my way here I come – that’s where he is dangerous and that we have not seen looking for a while “

McIlroy stressed that he will always work with longtime coach Michael Bannon, who has struggled to make it to many tournaments due to Covid-19 restrictions

And McGinley is happy that McIlroy was not tempted to do a radical overhaul of his squad

“I think there are a lot of lessons from Jordan Spieth and what he’s done over the past two years entering this Masters as a lot of people’s favorite on great form,” McGinley added

“There was a huge cry in the media to change the caddy, his manager and his coach and he resisted everything He thought about it and he’s got things clear in his head again There’s a lot to learn from that

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