Darren Clarke has parted company with yet another caddie as he battles to emerge from the golfing doldrums.
The Ulsterman will take on Rory McIlroy’s old bagman Gordon Faulkner for the Andalucia Open in Malaga this week - his fifth new caddie in the space of 12 months.
Frustrated as he finished tied 43rd in Morocco on Sunday, Clarke split with Mike Boddy by mutual consent after just seven events together.
Ranked 119th in the latest world rankings, Clarke said: “Mike and I weren’t really reading from the same page on the golf course and mutually decided to go our separate ways.”
Clarke has had as many caddies as he’s had top ten finishes over the past 12 months.
Last March, Phil “Wobbly” Morbey sacked Clarke halfway through the Honda Classic and the Ulsterman has since employed Mick Doran, John Graham and Boddy.
Clarke said: “I’ve played a lot of golf this year and after this week in Malaga I’m taking three weeks off and going to Abaco in the Bahamas and I can’t wait.
“My sister and her husband and children are joining us so it’s going to be a real family affair and a lot of fun.”