When the news broke that Rory McIlroy had fired long-time caddie J.P. Fitzgerald, the immediate question was:
Who’s next on McIlroy’s bag?
Probably safe to rule out Jim “Bones” Mackay, who did a great job for the Golf Channel and NBC on the ground at the Open Championship. Bones has a future in golf broadcasting and that will go better for those two replaced knees of his.
For the WGC-Bridgestone, as well as the PGA Championship, it looks like McIlroy may turn to his best buddy, Harry Diamond.
Diamond was the best man at McIlroy’s wedding and is supposedly a bar/nightclub owner at various Irish venues, although at least two of his spots were closed down.
For future consideration, how about Joe Lacava?
Lacava is the forgotten man on the PGA Tour. He was Freddie Couples’ longtime looper and thought he was making a career upswing by grabbing Tiger Woods’ bag after Woods split with Stevie Williams. Alas, Woods has been a ghost and Lacava is sitting around, hopefully drawing a monthly unemployment check from Woods.
What makes all the sense in the world is for Lacava to hitch his horse to McIlroy. Rory’s got plenty of gas left in the tank, probably has more major championships to win and Woods is an over-the-hill star with back and pill problems.
Lacava and McIlroy?
Now there’s a pairing that makes sense for both.