One of the most sought-after jobs in golf has been filled, at least for the next calendar year. Ewan Murray of The Guardian reported on Friday that Rory McIlroy has opted to keep his good friend Harry Diamond as his full-time caddie for the upcoming campaign.
Rory McIlroy sticks with best friend as his caddie for the 2018 golf season https://t.co/w176UMMACH
— Ewan Murray (@mrewanmurray) December 8, 2017
Diamond took over looping duties in the interim following McIlroy’s split with longtime caddie JP Fitzgerald in late July.
Harry Diamond will remain Rory McIlroy’s caddie into the 2018 season, the Guardian can reveal, closing the door on one of the most lucrative and courted positions in the game.
When the season begins, McIlroy’s latest tilt at a grand slam of major championships will include an unprecedented eight events before he tees off at the Masters in April.
Diamond is McIlroy’s best friend and a decorated amateur player in his own right. He caddied for the four-time major champion for seven events in 2017 during widespread speculation as to where McIlroy would turn next following the ending of a long-time alliance with JP Fitzgerald.
McIlroy has decided a continued and positive connection with Diamond, who is also close to the former world No. 1’s coach Michael Bannon, is preferable to trying to establish a new relationship with a caddie. McIlroy earlier admitted he had been inundated with offers from people looking to succeed Fitzgerald.
McIlroy’s buildup to the Masters, the one major that eludes him, will mean appearances at the HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi, the Dubai Desert Classic, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the Genesis Open, the Honda Classic, the Valspar Championship, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the World Match Play Championship.
The worldwide commercial appeal of McIlroy, whose campaign this season was beset by injury, was endorsed this week as he agreed an extension of a multi-year deal with Omega. TaylorMade and Nike have similarly long-term agreements with the 28-year-old
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