Who has Rory McIlroy lined-up as his next bagman?

Who has Rory McIlroy lined-up as his next bagman?

Rory McIlroy's year of change and upheaval took another jarring turn on Monday with the surprise announcement he has parted company with his caddie JP Fitzgerald.

The wire service is reporting that McIlroy will confirm the news upon arrival to Firestone Country Club this week where he is set to play the Bridgestone Invitational. "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.

There is major news breaking in the world of golf this morning, as Rory McIlroy is splitting with caddy JP Fitzgerald.

"JP, he reminded me who I was, basically".

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".

After fighting back to shoot one-over 71 in the first round, McIlroy told reporters that Fitzgerald had done a "great job".

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Diamond, who knows his way around a golf course, also helped his pal with his shaky putting a year ago.

Having picked up his bag not long after he turned professional, the experienced Fitzgerald was the flawless choice for McIlroy starting out, but there have been a number of occasions in recent years when, rightly or wrongly, a finger of blame was pointed in his direction.

Phil Mickelson and Jim "Bones" Mackay made a decision to end 25 years together.

Hiring Fitzgerald in 2008, the pair enjoyed remarkable success, including those four majors, reaching world number one, and securing the lucrative Race to Dubai and FedEx Cup accolades.

Forbes estimated that Fitzgerald earned about US$1.65 million (S$2.2m) from his cut of McIlroy's prize money over the 12 months to June.

The Telegraph reported McIlroy's caddie at the next two tournaments will be Harry Diamond.

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