Tuesday 24 April 2018

The four 'favourites' being tipped to be the new man on Rory McIlroy's 's bag

Jim "Bones" Mackay. Photo: US PGA Tour

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In the wake of yesterday's shock announcement of the parting of the ways between Rory McIlroy and JP Fitzgerald, there has been no shortage of speculation as to who might be the new man on the World No 4's bag, WRITES JAMES CORRIGAN.

Whatever and whoever, be sure that there will be no shortage of applicants. Here are the four names that currently head the betting.

Harry Diamond

McIlroy may well have looked at the success story of Tommy Fleetwood and his best friend Ian Finnis and decided that he and the former Irish international can work the same magic. However, Diamond is a very successful businessman.

Joe LaCava

McIlroy is close to Tiger Woods and do not rule out the possibility of the latter telling his friend that he can employ his bagman. LaCava is rated as one of the best in the business, having worked for Fred Couples and Dustin Johnson.

Jim 'Bones' Mackay

Phil Mickelson stunned the game in June when announcing that, after 25 years and five major titles, he and Bones had split. Has since signed a TV analyst contract, but would be an ideal fit for McIlroy. Was never scared to question Mickelson.

Jonathan Smart

Perhaps a left-field choice, but McIlroy and Danny Willett's former caddie are friendly and "Smartie" is admired on the circuit. Another fine player in his own right, the Yorkshireman could be a wise pick in ensuring the focus remains on the golfer.

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