Pete Cowen reportedly contracts coronavirus & warns all golfers

Bernie McGuire

Graeme McDowell and his caddie Ken Comboy, left, and Coach Pete Cowen during the Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open Golf Championship at Ballyliffin Golf Club (Photo By Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

The Irish major winning trio of Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy will be reaching out to legendary coach, Pete Cowen after the Englishman revealed he believes he’s contracted the Coronavirus.

Cowen has coached nine Major Champions including also the likes of Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Danny Willett, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson and Gary Woodland along with fine-tuning the game of so many others to have accumulated more than 250 victories on the major tours of the world.

Cowen is more often to be found on the practice range and noticeable as always dressed in his black attire, proudly adorned with Callaway sponsorship, and it was on the TPC Sawgrass range during the now cancelled Players Championship where I noted Pete again working hard with his chargers.


So, it comes as a shock to learn that in returning home to England, Pete confirmed he has probably contracted the coronavirus, issuing a plea for people of a similar age to take every step to ­ensure they do not contract Covid-19.

Good friend and colleague Jamie Corrigan at the Telegraph takes up the story:

“You really don’t want this,” said Cowen to Jamie.

“I’m feeling horrendous and wouldn’t wish this on anyone; no matter how young and fit they may be.

“After a few days of self-isolation, we decided to ring the ambulance and the medics said I ticked every box on the corona sheet – low blood-oxygen levels, persistent dry cough, raging temperature, high heart rate,” Cowen said.

“They were fantastic, but said they were not allowed to test me unless I was admitted to hospital and then the staff there decided to keep you in.

“I was surprised, to say the least, and still find it odd, to be honest, but because of the bed shortages and because I’m in pretty good nick, I elected to stay put. I don’t want to alarm anyone, and I might just have been particularly vulnerable to it, but I’m not sure how anyone with an underlying illness could cope with this.

“I urge everyone to do exactly what the authorities are saying. I’ve told all of my players the same.”

Jamie reports Pete’s range and academy in Rotherham, England has been closed indefinitely and, of course, he’ll be housebound for many months to come.

“I can’t see the Tour resuming for months and months,” he said. “But ­after a week off, getting their heads around it, I know all the pros will start practising and make sure everything stays in working order. Next week, I’m sure I’ll get a few videos sent through asking for my observations. Hopefully, I’ll feel up to it by then.”

All those who have met Pete will wish him a successful passage through this worldwide health concern.


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