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Olazabal appoints Cowan as new coach

Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal has listened to his caddie's advice and taken some tips from Englishman Pete Cowen, the coach who helped Lee Westwood finish as Europe's No. 1 last year.

Olazabal, despite winning this year's French Open, has struggled with his driving for most of the season and he finally agreed to see Cowen on Tuesday after being pressured by his English caddie Phil Morbey.

"This season has not been a good one for me...and Wobbly [Morbey] told me in Madrid [two weeks ago], 'enough is enough, you've got to do something and see somebody,'" Olazabal said on Wednesday, the day before the start of the season-ending Volvo Masters at Montecastillo Golf Club.

"Yesterday I saw Pete Cowen just for 15 minutes. He told me what he thought about my swing, and we're trying to do a little thing and see if it works.

"It's the first time I've seen Pete. My backswing is causing the problem, the face should be a bit more open to get a better angle, a better position."

Olazabal, who won the Masters at Augusta in 1994 and '99, has missed five cuts in 16 tournament outings in Europe this year. Apart from his French Open success, he has not made the top 10 in a single event and he currently lies 35th on the 2001 money list.

"It hasn't been a good season for me, very negative," he said. "I've had a difficult time, even though I have won a tournament. The problem has not only been the driver, though. I've also struggled with the putter. I have not enjoyed playing at all, except for a very few weeks.

"When you struggle with your game so much, you don't enjoy it, there is no fun on the golf course."

Olazabal's caddie Morbey left his previous employer Ian Woosnam in May this year after the 43-year-old Welshman suggested his future would be brighter with the 35-year-old Spaniard.

"I think he made the wrong choice," joked Olazabal.

Woosnam won last month's World Match Play title at Wentworth, England, and is in 14th position on the money list going into the final European Tour event of the season.


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