Rory, the T-Rex, the Kaiser, the goose, the gander and the golden egg
Who could have imagined that the signing of a $100 million, five-year endorsement deal with Nike in January 2013 would coincide with an acrimonious management break up just months later that is now the subject of a multimillion euro legal case.
McIlroy and team hit GUI Academy
"The 75 on Friday was very important" - Faldo
"It was a slight speed bump but nothing more than that" - McIlroy
Rory McIlroy jumped at the chance to give caddie JP Fitzgerald a timely vote of confidence after he opened with a “blind” three under par 69 in his first round since his closing 80 at Augusta on Sunday.
The Ulsterman didn’t have enough time to play a practice round ahead of the Maybank Malaysian Open at a steamy Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. But he quickly praised Fitzgerald, criticised in several media outlets following his Masters meltdown, for his diligent preparation.
McIlroy sacks his caddie
The Holywood teenager, 19, parted company with Derry-born Londoner Gordon Faulkner after earning €43,542 in the Barclays Scottish Open on Sunday and securing his tour card
But he has picked up an even more experienced bagman in Dubliner JP Fitzgerald, who caddied for Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke before moving to Ernie Els last year.