Rory McIlroy reportedly fires caddie, won't comment on situation
01 August, 2017, 22:07 | Author: Carla Brady
McIlroy and Fitzgerald had been together for nine years, almost McIlroy's entire pro career to date, including all four of McIlroy's major victories. 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?'
There is major news breaking in the world of golf this morning, as Rory McIlroy is splitting with caddy JP Fitzgerald.
Harry Diamond, pictured watching JP Fitzgerald hit a shot in a practice round, will caddie for Rory McIlroy at next week's PGA Championship.
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Fitzgerald's words clearly helped as McIlroy bounced back from an opening round 71 to shoot 68-69-67 over the next three days.
It has been a lucrative partnership with Fitzgerald alone earning more than £1million from his share of McIlroy's prize money leading up to The Open.
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. McIlroy ultimately finished in a tie for fourth.
The 10-year partnership of Rory McIlroy and JP Fitzgerald is over after the Irishman sacked his caddie. Shane Lowry's missed cut in the Canadian Open meant he failed to break into the world'stop-50 (he actually slipped to 80th) and so the Offalyman's next outing on tour will be at next week's US PGA at Quail Hollow.
Diamond has been McIlroy's friend since both were kids in Holywood, Northern Ireland, and he served as best man at the McIlroy-Erica Stoll wedding in April. He has taken me from 200 in the world to major champion'.
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