Rory McIlroy’s coach since he was eight, Michael Bannon picks up manager of the month award

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Updated: December 10, 2012
Michael Bannon

Rory McIlroy’s coach Michael Bannon has been named the Philips Ireland Sports Manager of the Month for November.

You can back McIlroy at 6/4 with Boylesports to win any of the four majors in 2013.

Michael Bannon has been Rory’s swing coach for the past fifteen years and has recently received the 2012 UK High Performance Coach of the Year award in the non-Olympic category. He recently gave up his coaching position in Bangor GC to be available to Rory on a full time basis.

McIlroy’s season has seen him top both the PGA and European Tours’ money lists with five victories, including a major, and nine other top five finishes including four runner-ups. Rory has also just been voted PGA Player of the Year.

Michael has been McIlroy’s coach since he was eight years old, firstly in Hollywood Golf Club and latterly when Bannon moved to his position in Bangor Golf Club.

He is one of the top teaching professionals in Ireland and has taught many young people, including Ulster and Irish boys and youth champions with five of his ex-juniors joining the professional ranks. He has also worked as a coach with the GUI Ulster branch in youth development.

McIlroy was last week name PGA Player of the Year after an incredible run of success which saw him copperfasten his hold on the number one spot.

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