Lee Westwood split from Ccoach Peter Owen

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LEE Westwood has split from top coach Peter Cowen, the one-time Sheffield professional.

Cowen, who coaches a number of top players and has seen them acquire three majors in the past three years, is credited with helping Westwood turn things round after the Worksop golfer suffered a big slump in his fortunes 10 years ago.

Cowen, who has a Golf Academy in Rotherham and another in Dubai, is regarded as one of the leading coaches in golf and in 2010 was named UK Coach of the Year for all sports.

Westwood missed the cut at last week’s USPGA - won by Rory McIlroy by eight shots from David Lynn with Ian Poulter third - suffering disastrously with his short game and his putting and his two round total at Kiawah island was eight over par.

The Worksop man’s agent Chubby Chandler said the decision to part company with Cowen was that whilst he was passing on advice, he wasn’t always around to follow that advice through with Westwood.

“Lee needs someone standing over him making him hit chip after chip amd telling him what he’s doing wrong,” said Chandler.

Cowen helped Westwood during the early part of his career when he enjoyed success and after his slump, Westwood linked up again with him in 2006 since when he has been World No 1, won 12 titles and had seven top three finishes in majors.