Rory McIlroy splits with long-term caddie J.P.Fitzgerald

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Rory McIlroy has ended his nine-year partnership with caddie J.P. Fitzgerald, according to a report published by Reuters 

The news comes just a couple of weeks after Rory finished fourth in The Open and credited his long-term caddie for some choice words during his opening round at Royal Birkdale.

‘JP, he reminded me who I was, basically. He said, ‘You’re Rory McIlroy, what are you doing’, Rory said of the now infamous exchange during a press conference after his first round.

But now, according to a source close to Reuters, the nine-year partnership has come to and end.   

‘Rory McIlroy has sacked his long-time caddie J.P. Fitzgerald, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday, ending a partnership that took the Northern Irishman to four major titles and the top of the world rankings,’ the report said.

‘McIlroy will have a new caddie on his bag at the World Golf Championships Bridegestone Invitational this week after ending his nine-year relationship with his fellow Irishman, the source, who did not want to be named, said’

Fionn Davenport then tweeted Fitzgerald will now likely be replaced by Harry Diamond this week at Bridgestone. 

"Rory McIlroy has sacked J.P.Fitzgerald, now on Reuters. I hear a rumour he'll have friend Harry Diamond on the bag at Firestone"

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