McIlroy fires caddie after nine years

Posted August 01, 2017

After winning four major championships together and soaring to No. 1 in the world, Rory McIlroy has chose to split with his caddie of nine years, J.P. Fitzgerald, according to a report from Reuters.

Quail Hollow will be McIlroy's last chance to win a major in 2017 and so avoid a third successive campaign without a major title.

Last week, JP Fitzgerald nearly forced his way into golf folklore at Royal Birkdale. It definitely helped. It kept me positive.

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McIlroy, 28, is due to speak to the media on Wednesday (August 2), before the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio.

Diamond, who knows his way around a golf course, also helped his pal with his shaky putting a year ago.

Hiring Fitzgerald in 2008, the pair enjoyed remarkable success, including those four majors, reaching world number one, and securing the lucrative Race to Dubai and FedEx Cup accolades.

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According to Forbes, Fitzgerald earned almost $1.6 million between June of 2016 and June of 2017.

Phil Mickelson split with caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay last month after a 25-year partnership that netted the American five majors.

It now looks like the Open was Fitzgerald's swan song with McIlroy, who flirted with contention in the final round before finishing equal fourth. Indeed had McIlroy not won at the US Open in 2011, just two months after his Masters collapse, Fitzgerald might have gone then as McIlroy's advisors at the time, ISM, sought to fix the damage of Augusta. They would all certainly be more what McIlroy needs rather than either his best friend, Harry Diamond, or Niall Horan, the One Direction signer, because it's time for him to get back winning titles again and not turning himself into a celebrity circus. Fitzgerald's meticulousness has been called into question by his peers, some of whom believe the mistake at Birkdale was merely the latest error.

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