Photo: Phil Kenyon with Rory McIlroy (Credit Zimbo)

Rory McIlroy hires Southport putting coach

After missing the cut in two golfing majors and enduring one of his worst seasons with his putter, Rory McIlroy has hired a putting coach no other than Southport born Phil Kenyon. Phil is set to help fix what has historically been the weakest part of the former world No. 1’s game.

The two hooked up following McIlroy’s missed cut at the PGA Championship at Formby Hall Golf club where phil runs his own putting studio.

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Phil’s, 42 Englishman’s present and past client list is long and star-studded – currently Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen and previously Martin Kaymer, to name just a few of the games top players.

Stenson won his first major this year, Rose the gold medal at the Olympics and Westwood finished second at the Masters. Oosthuizen and Kaymer have both won majors.


“It’s a work in progress,” McIlroy said Thursday from TPC Boston on the eve of the Deutsche Bank Championship. “Last week was a case of I was really concentrating too much on what I was trying to do with my technique rather than just trying to hole putts. So hopefully it can start to begin to feel a little more natural this week and moving forward.

“If I can be really comfortable with my putting going to Augusta next April, that’s my timeline, so that’s a seven‑ or eight‑month period where I can sort of try to get it right.”

This year, it has been mostly all wrong with the putter for McIlroy.

Will Southport’s Phil Kenyon get Rory back to world number one?


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