Cowen expects LIV players to struggle at Augusta

Pete Cowen with Brooks Koepka (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Renowned swing coach Pete Cowen admits he’s not optimistic about the prospects of undercooked LIV Golf players competing for the green jacket next at the Masters.

Cowen, who coaches a number of LIV players, including Brooks Koepka and Lee Westwood, told The Times that a lack of competitive game-time could work against the Saudi circuit’s pros in their bid to make a Butler Cabin appearance next Sunday.

“I’m not optimistic about players who aren’t playing competitively on a regular basis,” Cowen said, who briefly worked with Rory McIlroy before the Holywood star returned solely to life-long coach Michael Bannon.


“It’s a big deal. Like any sport, if you’re not competitively sharp you struggle.”

While LIV golfers have been singing the praises of their reduced schedule, it’s no secret that the number one motivating factor to join the breakaway tour was money.

However, Cowen poured cold water on anyone suggesting such a motive is anything new, insisting that every professional golfer is out there playing for money, and the more selfish they are in their pursuit of it, the likelihood is the richer they’ll become.

“Whether they say they do or not, they all play for money,” said Cowen.

“They are selfish and they have to be to be very good players. Ask Rory [McIlroy] how much appearance money he gets a year.

“They all need to get round a table because if someone is investing billions into my sport I’d be saying, ‘How can I accommodate you?’”

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