Golf: McIlroy Fires Long-Time Caddie Fitzgerald
An eleven-year relationship between golf star Rory McIlroy and his caddie J.P. Fitzgerald has ended.
Reports emerged that McIlroy will have a new caddie on his bag at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational this week after ending his business dealings with the Irishman.
Fitzgerald took McIlroy to four major titles and the top of the world rankings during his spell as a caddie.
Fitzgerald's sacking, which McIlroy is expected to confirm on his arrival at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, comes barely a week after he publicly thanked his bag-man for jolting him into gear when he made a poor start to the British Open.
McIlroy, who won his last major at the 2014 US PGA Championship, employed Fitzgerald in 2008 shortly after turning professional.
The pair enjoyed a brilliantly successful partnership as McIlroy took over from Tiger Woods as the game's dominant force and became world No 1.
"He has taken me from 200 in the world to major champion," McIlroy said of Fitzgerald in 2011.
At the British Open at Royal Birkdale earlier this month, McIlroy again heaped praise on Fitzgerald, who delivered some blunt words to his boss after the Northern Irishman started the tournament with a string of bogeys.
After fighting back to shoot one-over 71 in the first round, McIlroy told reporters that Fitzgerald had done a "great job".
It now looks like the British Open was Fitzgerald's swan song with McIlroy, who flirted with contention in the final round before finishing equal fourth.
Forbes estimated that Fitzgerald earned $1.65 million from his cut of McIlroy's prize money over the 12 months to June this year.
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