Rory McIlroy reported to have axed caddie JP Fitzgerald

Rory McIlroy has fired his long-time caddie JP Fitzgerald, a source familiar with the Northern Irishman claimed on Sunday, ending a partnership that took the 28-year-old to four Major titles and the top of the world rankings.

McIlroy will have a new caddie on his bag this week at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational after ending his nine-year relationship with his fellow Irishman, the source, who did not want to be named, said.

There was no immediate response from McIlroy’s management team to an e-mailed request for comment late on Sunday.

Fitzgerald’s sacking, which McIlroy is expected to confirm on his arrival at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, comes barely a week after he publicly thanked his bagman for jolting him into gear when he made a poor start to The Open.

With Phil Mickelson parting ways with his caddie Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay at the start of August, it appears to be a traumatic time to caddie for the world’s elite.