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Confirmed: Rory McIlroy splits from caddie JP Fitzgerald after nine years and four major titles

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Left behind: Rory McIlroy has sacked caddie JP Fitzgerald. Pic PA

Left behind: Rory McIlroy has sacked caddie JP Fitzgerald. Pic PA

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Left behind: Rory McIlroy has sacked caddie JP Fitzgerald. Pic PA

Rory McIlroy has sacked his long-time caddie JP Fitzgerald ending a partnership that took the Northern Irishman to four major titles and the top of the world rankings, it has been confirmed.

McIlroy will have a new caddie on his bag at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational this week after ending his nine-year relationship with his fellow Irishman.

The world number four parted ways with Fitzgerald having failed to win a major since 2014, his management said.

The two have been together since 2008, just after McIlroy turned pro. During their time together McIlroy rose to the top of the game winning four majors.

Fitzgerald's sacking comes barely a week after he publicly thanked his bagman for jolting him into gear when he made a poor start to the British Open.

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

At the British Open at Royal Birkdale earlier this month, McIlroy again heaped praise on Fitzgerald, who delivered some blunt words to his boss after the Northern Irishman started the tournament with a string of bogeys.

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

Forbes estimated that Fitzgerald earned $1.65 million from his cut of McIlroy's prize money over the 12 months to June this year.

Belfast Telegraph