dglobalnews.com Rory McIlroy Has Parted Ways With Long-Time Caddie JP Fitzgerald
Published: Tue, August 01, 2017
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Rory McIlroy Has Parted Ways With Long-Time Caddie JP Fitzgerald

Rory McIlroy Has Parted Ways With Long-Time Caddie JP Fitzgerald

Rory McIlroy has reportedly fired caddie J.P. Fitzgerald after nine years of working together, according to Reuters.

McIlroy is due to speak about the change on Wednesday at the Bridgestone Invitational. Five over after just six holes, it was Fitzgerald who took Rory to one side and reminded him of his gifts with a memorable line: 'You're Rory McIlroy, what the f*** are you doing?'

McIlroy had hailed his bag man for "taking me from 200 in the world to Major champion" and praised him again following a rollercoaster opening round at Royal Birkdale. "He kept me positive out there and that was very much appreciated". Phil Mickelson just recently parted ways with his caddie after 25 years together. Apart from the few months at the start of his professional career, McIlroy has known only Fitzgerald in his corner.

McIlroy, who won his last Major at the 2014 US PGA Championship, is expected to confirm the sacking on his arrival at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

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The Open was Fitzgerald's swansong with McIlroy, who flirted with contention in the final round before finishing equal fourth.

"At that point I mumbled and said: 'Whatever.' But it did, it helped".

McIlroy's bag is unquestionably one of the more lucrative, with "Forbes" estimating Fitzgerald earned $1.65 million in the 12 months from June 2016 to June 2017. While he boasts two top-10 finishes in the Majors - he was seventh at the Masters - he missed the cut at the US Open.

Harry Diamond, pictured watching JP Fitzgerald hit a shot in a practice round, will caddie for Rory McIlroy at next week's PGA Championship. For a single weekend alone thanks to McIlroy winning the FedEx Cup a year ago, he picked up £860,000.

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