JP Fitzgerald

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.

Rory, the T-Rex, the Kaiser, the goose, the gander and the golden egg

McIlroy's loyalty to his entourage key to his focus

European Ryder Cup skipper Paul McGinley singled out Rory McIlroy’s loyalty and single mindedness as key to his incredible dominance this season.

McIlroy's loyalty to his entourage key to his focus

McIlroy and team hit GUI Academy

Rory McIlroy hits balls at the GUI National Academy at Carton House, just outside Dublin. Rory McIlroy (pictured above) was back in Ireland on Sunday for a quiet practice session at the Golfing Union of Ireland’s National Academy at Carton House.

"The 75 on Friday was very important" - Faldo

Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot at the eighth on Friday. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieNick Faldo hailed Rory McIlroy’s sensational Sunday 66 as “a perfect day.” But the six-time major winner and former McIlroy mentor reckons the Ulsterman’s 75 in Friday’s tough weather was a massive key to what eventually became an eight-stroke victory procession.

McIlroy finds top gear on back straight

Rory McIlroy birdied seven of his last 10 holes to open with a 66 in Dubai. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieRory McIlroy missed a golden opportunity to earn some brownie points with his other half when he gave his caddie the credit for helping him birdie seven of the last 10 holes and open with a six under 66 in the Dubai Desert Classic.

"It was a slight speed bump but nothing more than that" - McIlroy

Rory McIlroy is loyal to caddie JP Fitzgerald. Picture Fran Caffrey/ 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.