McIlroy still keeping friend

Following his split from Fitzgerald in late July, the four-time major winner employed friend and businessman Harry Diamond for the rest of the season.

Though Fitzgerald was considered a detriment by some — on more than one occasion, McIlroy had to defend his looper — the 28-year-old’s choice to employ a relatively inexperienced caddie may draw criticism.

(For the record, Fitzgerald was on the bag for seven events last season, and was a storied amateur player in his own right.) But, as McIlroy alluded to during the FedEx Cup, he made the change from Fitzgerald to put more control in his corner.