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Best pal Harry could take over bag duties for two top events


By Robert Jones

Rory McIlroy could have his best pal and amateur golfer Harry Diamond on his bag for this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the US PGA Championship.

Sources close to McIlroy have revealed that he has yet to hire a full-time replacement for JP Fitzgerald and will have one of his close friends - Diamond, Ricky McCormick or Mitchell Tweedie - acting as his caddie.

McIlroy will reveal his new caddie tomorrow in Akron, Ohio.

It will be the first time in nine years that the Ulsterman has a new face alongside him following the departure of Fitzgerald.

But the golfer and the caddie were never destined to be a match made in heaven or to last for the duration of a career.

For a start, there's the nature of the game. No matter how good the player, the ebb time follows the flow of success, and when it does, there's usually a reckoning.

If the performance levels drop, he has to find a scapegoat. Usually, it's the caddie or the coach. A change is seen as something desirable to turn fortunes around.

Caddies can, and do, 'sack' their players, but usually it's the other way around.

Mike 'Fluff' Cowan got Tiger Woods' bag at the start of the young player's career. When Fluff looked like he was basking in the limelight a little too much for Woods' liking, exit Fluff, and in came Steve Williams in 1999.

Together they enjoyed massive success, until July 2011, when the end came for Williams.

Phil Mickelson caused a storm recently by ending his 25-year relationship with Jim 'Bones' McKay.

Job security is definitely not a guarantee for Tour caddies.

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