Friday 15 December 2017

Rory still relies on Bannon basics

Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy has revealed that coach Michael Bannon has nothing new to tell him after almost 20 years of working together - but that's fine by him.

McIlroy sees continuity as a big advantage in having one coach all his life.

"We stick to fundamentals. The swing flaws that I have now, are the swing flaws I had when I was 14.

"We have all our check points for the different type of shots that I hit, going back to videos, ten, 15, even 20 years ago.

"I know he's just in it to help me. I can see some coaches out here, and I don't want to knock anyone, but off the success of their player they try to take some benefit as well. Michael has never been like that.

"It's good that I can trust someone 100pc," he said.

McIlroy shrugged off the effects of a 12-hour flight to Napa, California for the Frys.Com Open to file a 68, four-under par, to lie five shots behind early pacesetter Brendan Steele of the USA.

Starting at the 10th, McIlroy turned in one-under-par 35, with a bogey on 13, and birdies at 15 and at the 18th, his ninth hole.

He pitched from 125 yards to two feet for birdie on the first, his 10th, and added two more birdies on the fifth and eighth.

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