TOP COACH ON WHETHER HENRIK CAN WIN IN DUBAI
Coach Pete Cowan says Stenson is determined to gain victory in Dubai
When it comes to predicting who will triumph at this weekend’s DP World Tour Championship there are few more insightful views than renowned coach Pete Cowan.
At one time or another the Englishman has worked with 25 of the 60-man field that will attempt to win the European Tour’s season-ending event at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
He currently works with 11 players who will be in action on the Earth course, including the top two in the Race to Dubai rankings – Henrik Stenson and Danny Willett.
Having also spent six years coaching Alex Noren, who lies third in the rankings after his four wins on the tour this season, and spent time working with fourthplaced Rory McIlroy, Cowan is well-placed to assess the game of each player.
So should all four save their finest performance of the season for the DP World Tour Championship, who does Cowan believe would come out on top?
“Stenson,” comes the quick response from Cowan. “It is a toss up between Henrik and Rory really.
“They are both massively talented. But when Henrik won The Open I have never seen a better performance.
“To beat [Phil] Mickelson who shot a 65 and didn’t have a bogey in the round was pretty impressive.”
Of course Cowan insists that he remains neutral when it comes to answering the question of who he wants to triumph in Dubai, but the former professional golfer is not shy about talking about the most talented players he has worked with.
“I always said Rory is the best young player I have ever seen and he has fulfilled that promise. Not everybody does,” said Cowan, who is in Dubai working with his stable of players. “I’ve also taught Thomas Pieters since he was 13.
“We did a project in Belgium with the youngsters, trying to produce a European Tour player for the Belgium Golf Federation within 10 years.
“We did it with Thomas who I think was better than Henrik at that age.”
Cowan expects Pieters to also challenge in Dubai this weekend, though it seems Stenson is in the mood to finish a memorable season in style.
“Henrik is pretty fresh and he wants to win,” added Cowan.
“When he wants to win there are normally sparks flying.”
The first round of the DP World Tour Championship gets under way on Thursday with Stenson, Willett, Noren and McIlroy all in with a chance of ending the season as the European Tour No. 1.
‘When Henrik won The Open I have never seen a better performance.’ – PETE COWAN