Paul McGinley believes Brad Faxon has guided Rory McIlroy to the point that regaining his world No 1 ranking will provide a springboard to a great season.
It was confirmed yesterday that McIlroy was back at the summit for the first time since September 2015, as he leapfrogged Brooks Koepka.
"I'm amazed why more isn't made of Faxon's influence," McGinley said. "I truly think Faxon (the former US Ryder Cup player) was the instigator of Rory finding this good place. I recently spent a bit of time with him talking about Rory. Faxon unshackled him, unburdened him, let the talent come through, allowed him to become more instinctive.
"Brad was the line in the sand. Rory has started reading books which are all about freeing himself. This new philosophy has helped his golf no end.
"Rory's got bigger aims than just being world No 1," McGinley added. "But it's nice to see him up there again. It's where he should be." (© Daily Telegraph, London)