Rory McIlroy has sacked his long-time caddie J.P. Fitzgerald, ending a partnership that took the Northern Irishman to four Major titles and the top of the world rankings.
McIlroy's representatives have said he will not confirm nor deny the Diamond report - or formally discuss the caddie issue - until he meets the press Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET from Firestone Country Club, site of this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
'He said to me, "You're Rory McIlroy, what the f*** are you doing?",' the world No.4 said. It appears caddie JP Fitzgerald has paid the price for Rory McIlroy's failure to keep pace with golf's American agenda setter.
He told Derek Lawrenson of the Daily Mail, "JP kept me positive out there, so that was very much appreciated".
And it is almost a year since he last celebrated victory, at last season's Tour Championship, leading him to describe his season to date as "transitional". Apart from the few months at the start of his professional career, McIlroy has known only Fitzgerald in his corner.
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Winless since bagging the Tour Championship in September 2016 en route to landing the lucrative FedEx Cup, McIlroy had missed three of four cuts prior to finishing tied fourth at the Open Championship.
Although Fitzgerald will no longer be on McIlroy's bag, he still earned quite a bit of money this year.
Who McIlroy chooses to be his permanent caddie is yet to be known.
Who will be Fitzgerald's replacement?
Phil Mickelson mutually parted ways with Jim "Bones" Mackay last month. They would all certainly be more what McIlroy needs rather than either his best friend, Harry Diamond, or Niall Horan, the One Direction signer, because it's time for him to get back winning titles again and not turning himself into a celebrity circus. He is also not a newbie on Rory's bag, having looped for the former world No. 1 at the 2005 Irish Open and 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links, according to the Belfast Telegraph.