McIlroy fires long-time caddie

Northern Ireland star Rory McIlroy has reportedly fired long-time caddy J.P. Fitzgerald ending their partnership that saw the world number four win four majors and top the rankings.

A source close to the 28-year-old golfer told Reuters on Sunday that McIlroy has ended his nine-year-relationship with Fitzgerald and will have a new caddie at this week's World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational.

Fitzgerald had been with McIlroy since 2008 just before he turned professional.

McIlroy's management team have yet to respond to an email sent by Reuters late on Sunday when questioned on the issue.

The news comes as a bit of a surprise especially after the golfer recently thanked Fitzgerald for getting him back on track at the British Open after a poor opening round.

“He has taken me from 200 in the world to major champion,” McIlroy said of Fitzgerald in 2011.

From a financial point of view, Fitzgerald’s time spent working with MIlroy has been good as he is number two on the caddie list for earnings, pocketing $1,48 million.