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Butch Harmon has revealed that he spent time working with quadruple major champion Rory McIlroy in preparation for the Masters.

McIlroy arrives at Augusta National for the Major Men’s Final of the Year without a major win since 2014 and having posted just two top 10s since resuming the PGA Tour following the forced cessation of the coronavirus in June.

The world No.5 hasn’t been able to see regular coach Michael Bannon in recent months due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, leaving McIlroy to make a trip to see Harmon in Las Vegas ahead of the Zozo Championship last month for prepare for his last candidacy for the Grand Slam career.

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“We spent about four and a half hours together going through everything in its tracks,” Harmon said. Sky Sports. “I’ve known Rory since he was about 15 or 16 and what I saw was a maturity that I had never seen in him before.

“I saw him play for many years and he hadn’t seen his coach Michael Bannon for almost five months, that’s why he came to see me, because he just wanted to make sure. that he was on the right track.

Rory McIlroy has worked with Michael Bannon throughout his career

Rory McIlroy has worked with Michael Bannon throughout his career

“We changed his backswing a bit. Got him a little wider at the top as he got a little tight and narrow on the way down, then had to push him forward a bit to free his body better.

“Nothing very serious and nothing that I thought was difficult for him. He’s done it well and he’s played well, he just needs to avoid the big numbers that he seems to have struggled with over the past two months. events. “

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McIlroy had 29 birdies en route to a seventh tie at the Zozo Championship last month, his career record, Harmon expecting to impress this week and build on his impressive record at Augusta National.

“I think he’s gone this week under the radar a bit,” Harmon added. “There’s not a lot of hype around him because it’s all about Bryson [DeChambeau] and tiger [Woods]. It’s interesting to watch this week’s interviews that there are more questions about Bryson and Tiger than who they’re actually talking to, which I think irritates the players a bit.

Rory McIlroy plays alongside Dustin Johnson and Patrick Cantlay for the first two rounds of the week

Rory McIlroy plays alongside Dustin Johnson and Patrick Cantlay for the first two rounds this week

“I think Rory is very lucky and he’s one of my choices. I think he and Dustin Johnson should be co-favorites and I think the course suits him. Rory is a great ball pilot and hits the ball really high with the driver, which is going to have to happen this week with all the rain we’re going to have.

“I think he’s going to have a good Masters and I think Sunday, going down the straight, Rory McIlroy might be the guy to beat.

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“As long as he keeps his head in the game and as long as he keeps doing what he’s doing, then he’s Rory McIlroy for goodness sake and he’s one of the best players who ever played the game. He’s going to win the Masters and I personally think it will be a great chance for him this year. ”

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