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McIlroy to keep best mate as caddie in 2018

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy, who split with his career-long caddie JP Fitzgerald following the Open Championship back in July, has opted to stick with his best friend Harry Diamond as his bagman heading into 2018.

The duo worked together for seven events, starting with the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where they finished T5th.

McIlroy was also runner-up in the British Masters in his penultimate event of 2017.

McIlroy said he had been “inundated” with caddie requests in August. “We’ve been inundated with people wanting to have a chance to carry the bag,” he told media. “I’ve been approached from a lot of different areas.”

Diamond will be on the bag for at least eight events before the Masters, starting with the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on 18th January.

McIlroy will then play another seven events before Augusta, although he has not yet confirmed his position in the WGC-Mexico Championship so could play another.

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