Andy Sullivan and caddie Sean Mcdonagh become latest duo to split

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Andy Sullivan has announced that he and Sean McDonagh are the latest long-time caddie-player duo to part ways in 2018

It seems to be the season for the end of caddie/player partnerships. 

Just a couple of days after Zach Johnson and caddie of 15 years Damon Green confimed they had split, Andy Sullivan took to social media to announce he and long-time caddie Sean Mcdonagh have parted ways. 

The reason for the split hasn't been confirmed but it appears to be very amicable: Sullivan called their time together 'a great journey' and wished him 'all the success going forward', while Mcdonagh replied thanking his former boss for 'some amazing memories and laughs', as both followed their comments with the hashtag '#alwaysfriends'. 

The partnership began when the pair met in a Burger King in Manchester Airport, and has lasted through Q-School, four Open Championship appearances, the 2016 Ryder Cup and three European Tour victories at the South African Open, Joburg Open and Portugal Masters - which all came in 2015.

Since then, Sullivan has dropped from a best of World No.28 to 131st, despite recording eight top 10s on the European Tour in 2018.

It's currently unclear what the next move for either player or caddie will be, but they do join an ever-growing list of caddie and players to have separated in 2018: Brandt Snedeker/Scott Vail, Lee Westwood/Billy Foster, Lexi Thompson/Kevin McAlpine, Martin Kaymer/Craig Connelly, Henrik Stenson/Gareth Lord and Zach Johnson/Damon Green.