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Rory McIlroy practices with his best friend Harry Diamond at first day of practice for the Irish Open 2012. Pic Russell Pritchard / Presseye

Rory McIlroy practices with his best friend Harry Diamond at first day of practice for the Irish Open 2012. Pic Russell Pritchard / Presseye

Rory McIlroy and Harry Diamond (R) on a night out when he came home to celebrate his US PGA victory..

Rory McIlroy and Harry Diamond (R) on a night out when he came home to celebrate his US PGA victory..

Roger Federer, Harry Diamond, Rory and Rafa Nadal at Winbledon. TWITTER PHOTO

Roger Federer, Harry Diamond, Rory and Rafa Nadal at Winbledon. TWITTER PHOTO

Rory McIlroy practices with his best friend Harry Diamond at the 2012 Irish Open. Pic Russell Pritchard / Presseye

Rory McIlroy practices with his best friend Harry Diamond at the 2012 Irish Open. Pic Russell Pritchard / Presseye

Harry Diamond of Belvoir Park Golf Club, Belfast, celebrates with the trophy, after victory over Stephen Healy, Claremorris Golf Club, Co. Mayo, in the West of Ireland Amateur Open Golf Championship Final. Pic: Peter Wilcock / SPORTSFILE...ABC

Harry Diamond of Belvoir Park Golf Club, Belfast, celebrates with the trophy, after victory over Stephen Healy, Claremorris Golf Club, Co. Mayo, in the West of Ireland Amateur Open Golf Championship Final. Pic: Peter Wilcock / SPORTSFILE...ABC

Harry Diamond from Belvoir Park pictured at the North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at Royal Portrush. Pic William Cherry Presseye

Harry Diamond from Belvoir Park pictured at the North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at Royal Portrush. Pic William Cherry Presseye

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Rory McIlroy practices with his best friend Harry Diamond at first day of practice for the Irish Open 2012. Pic Russell Pritchard / Presseye

Rory McIlory has turned to his best friend and amateur golfer Harry Diamond to caddie for him, it has been rumoured.

It has been confirmed McIlroy has parted ways with his long-time caddie JP Fitzgerald.

The two had forged a partnership that saw the Holywood man climb to the summit of world golf, surpassing Tiger Woods's domination of the game and becoming world number one and winning four majors.

McIlroy finished fourth at The Open last week and it was Fitzgerald who was hailed for rousing the golfer out of a slump to rally and improve after a dismal opening nine holes.

However, should the current world number four not win a major this year it will be the third successive season he has not lifted one of golf's big prizes. And there have been repeated calls for McIlroy to make a change in bag holder.

This week McIlroy will play the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone in Akron before the final major of the year, the USPGA Championship at Quail Hollow, next week.

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Since news of Fitzgerald's sacking, rumours have swirled that the golfer will be partnered on the fairways for both competitions by his best friend Harry Diamond.

A keen amateur player Mr Diamond and McIlroy have been life-long friends having both grown up in Holywood.  He won the 2012 West of Ireland Championship and played at the Irish Open in 2012 as an amateur. This newspaper reported that the 32-year-old had turned his back on turning pro focusing instead on his business activities.

Mr Diamond was best man for McIlroy at his recent wedding to American Erica Stoll.

And he has caddied for McIlroy before at the Irish Open in 2005 during a practice round when the then 16-year-old McIlroy was just making a name for himself on the world golf scene. They were partnered again at Augusta in 2011 for the Par 3 contest at the Masters and at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in 2014.

It is believed that whoever caddies for McIlroy in the coming tournaments it will be on a temporary basis before a full-time appointment can be made. There has been speculation McIlroy could turn to Jim 'Bones' Mackay who parted company with Phil Mickelson earlier this year.

Mr Diamond, a successful pub owner, could not be reached for comment, however, McIlroy will face the Press on Wednesday, when all should be revealed.

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Harry Diamond of Belvoir Park Golf Club, Belfast, celebrates with the trophy, after victory over Stephen Healy, Claremorris Golf Club, Co. Mayo, in the West of Ireland Amateur Open Golf Championship Final. Pic: Peter Wilcock / SPORTSFILE...ABC

Harry Diamond of Belvoir Park Golf Club, Belfast, celebrates with the trophy, after victory over Stephen Healy, Claremorris Golf Club, Co. Mayo, in the West of Ireland Amateur Open Golf Championship Final. Pic: Peter Wilcock / SPORTSFILE...ABC

Rory McIlroy practices with his best friend Harry Diamond at first day of practice for the Irish Open 2012. Pic Russell Pritchard / Presseye

Rory McIlroy practices with his best friend Harry Diamond at first day of practice for the Irish Open 2012. Pic Russell Pritchard / Presseye

Rory McIlroy and Harry Diamond (R) on a night out when he came home to celebrate his US PGA victory..

Rory McIlroy and Harry Diamond (R) on a night out when he came home to celebrate his US PGA victory..

Roger Federer, Harry Diamond, Rory and Rafa Nadal at Winbledon. TWITTER PHOTO

Roger Federer, Harry Diamond, Rory and Rafa Nadal at Winbledon. TWITTER PHOTO

Rory McIlroy practices with his best friend Harry Diamond at the 2012 Irish Open. Pic Russell Pritchard / Presseye

Rory McIlroy practices with his best friend Harry Diamond at the 2012 Irish Open. Pic Russell Pritchard / Presseye

Harry Diamond from Belvoir Park pictured at the North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at Royal Portrush. Pic William Cherry Presseye

Harry Diamond from Belvoir Park pictured at the North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at Royal Portrush. Pic William Cherry Presseye

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Harry Diamond of Belvoir Park Golf Club, Belfast, celebrates with the trophy, after victory over Stephen Healy, Claremorris Golf Club, Co. Mayo, in the West of Ireland Amateur Open Golf Championship Final. Pic: Peter Wilcock / SPORTSFILE...ABC

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