When Rory McIlroy and his caddie JP Fitzgerald went their separate ways the timing of the parting looked quite strange. McIlroy had just tied for 4th at the Open in 2017 and, having bogeyed five of his first six holes at Birkdale, it was Fitzgerald who famously helped to get him back on track.
The caddie’s reminder – “You’re Rory f***ing McIlroy, what are you doing?” –prompted the soon-to-be World No. 1 to shoot a 71 and, with four holes to play on Sunday, get within four shots of Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar.
But two days later, after four majors and 26 titles, they had split and Harry Diamond had stepped in on a short-term basis. Two and a half years later they are still together.
Could the golf ball be rolled back for everyone?