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Rory McIlroy reportedly fires his caddie with PGA Championship looming

Rory McIlroy reportedly fires his caddie with PGA Championship looming

It is the second significant player-caddie split this summer.

Quail Hollow will be McIlroy's last chance to win a major in 2017 and so avoid a third successive campaign without a major title. "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. Mackay spent 25 years working with Phil, and there's not a thing that McIlroy could run into that Bones hasn't seen and done, twice. He just sort of reminded me who I was and what I was capable of.

"JP did a great job", McIlroy said after recovering from five over after six to record a one-over round.

Although Fitzgerald will no longer be on McIlroy's bag, he still earned quite a bit of money this year.

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

McIlroy has not commented on the split yet, but is expected to have a new caddie on the bag this week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

It is unknown if Diamond will be a long-term caddie solution for McIlroy. Apart from the few months at the start of his professional career, McIlroy has known only Fitzgerald in his corner. It began after that infamous collapse at the Masters in 2011, with BBC analyst Jay Townsend pointing the finger at Fitzgerald three months later, despite McIlroy having won the US Open in the meantime.

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. For a single weekend alone thanks to McIlroy winning the FedEx Cup a year ago, he picked up £860,000. He has taken me from 200 in the world to major champion'.

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