After nine-year run, Rory McIlroy fires caddie JP Fitzgerald

McIlroy appointed Fitzgerald as his caddie shortly after turning professional back in 2008

Rory McIlroy has sacked his long-time caddie JP Fitzgerald, according to Reuters, bringing to an end a partnership that took the Northern Irishman to four major titles and the top of the world rankings.

"He has taken me from 200 in the world to major champion", McIlroy said at the time.

McIlroy will now head to Quail Hollow looking for his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship with a new bagman. After dropping five shots in the opening six holes, Fitzgerald told his boss: "You're Rory McIlroy, what the f*** are you doing?"

Last week, JP Fitzgerald nearly forced his way into golf folklore at Royal Birkdale. "But J.P. kept me positive out there, so that was very much appreciated".

McIlroy has 13 career PGA Tour wins, but has not claimed victory at an event since the Tour Championship in September 2016.

Phil Mickelson mutually parted ways with Jim "Bones" Mackay last month.

McIlroy's manager, Sean O'Flaherty, said in a text to ESPN that "Rory will talk Wednesday and answer all questions" during a media session in advance of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

Diamond, who knows his way around a golf course, also helped his pal with his shaky putting a year ago. The Dubliner was reported by Forbes to have earned $1.65 million previous year from his role as McIlroy's caddie.

He has not won since the Tour Championship last September and missed the cut at the US Open.

McIlroy finished the Open in a tie for fourth place. "He was with me when I was No210 in the world and when I was No1". Apart from the few months at the start of his professional career, McIlroy has known only Fitzgerald in his corner.

With two of the year's biggest tournaments in as many weeks and suddenly in need of a caddie, Rory McIlroy will reportedly call on the services of his best man.


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