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Rory McIlroy dropped caddie JP Fitzgerald ‘to preserve their friendship’

• ‘I still consider JP one of my best friends, one of my closest friends’
• World No4 will have friend Harry Diamond on the bag for next fortnight

Rory McIlroy has explained how the maintaining of a valued friendship with JP Fitzgerald was key to the Northern Irishman parting company with his caddie of nine years. McIlroy, who refused to rule out a reunion with Fitzgerald, also admitted to unease following terse moments between them in recent times.

News that the world No4 had called time on one of the most high-profile alliances in sport broke on Monday. The four-times major winner, …read more

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