Rory McIlroy’s next caddie: Could Niall Horan swap singing for sand wedges?

Well, at odds of 100/1 maybe not – but we’ve started taking bets on who’ll replace JP Fitzgerald as the Northern Irishman’s bagman…

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A bad tradesman always blames his tools – or in Rory McIlroy’s case his caddie.

After finishing tied-4th and seven shots off eventual winner Jordan Spieth at The Open earlier this month, McIlroy has decided to split from his long-time bagman JP Fitzgerald, according to reports.

The news comes as quite as shock – with Rory recently crediting JP for salvaging his opening round at Royal Birkdale.

And with McIlroy set to have a new caddie on his bag when he returns to action at the Bridgestone Invitational this week, we’re offering odds on who that lucky person will be.

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McIlroy’s best pal Harry Diamond is the short-priced favourite at 8/13, while further down the betting Jim ‘Bones’ MacKay – recently sacked by Phil Mickelson – is an 8/1 shot.

Tiger Woods’ former bagman Steve Williams is a 14/1 selection, while Nick Faldo’s old caddie Fanny Sunesson is 40/1 to come out of retirement to partner Rory.

Former One Direction star Niall Horan – who famously caddied for McIlroy at the Augusta Par-3 contest – is a 100/1 shot to swap singing for sand wedges full-time.

And further down the betting is former World No.1 and 14-time Major winner Tiger Woods. The American has been in the golfing wilderness for some time – though odds of 300/1 suggests he won’t be seeking the caddie-route as a return to the sport anytime soon.

Asked his thoughts on Rory’s next caddie spokesman Paddy Power said: “Rory McIlroy’s golf career is only heading in one direction if he signs up Niall Horan – down the pan.

“With only a few days until the Bridgestone International Rory will be keen to secure a new bagman, and maybe he’s found a diamond in best pal Harry.”

Rory McIlroy’s Next Permanent Caddie

8/13       Harry Diamond
9/4         Billy Foster
9/2         Jim ‘Bones’ MacKay
7/1         Joe LaCava
10/1       Michael Doran
14/1       Steve Williams
14/1       Ricky Elliot
16/1       Gareth Lord
16/1       Ted Scott
16/1       Colin Byrne
20/1       Mike ‘Fluff’ Cowan
40/1       Fanny Sunesson
100/1     John Rathouz
100/1     Niall Horan
300/1     Gerry McIlroy
300/1     Tiger Woods
500/1     Romeo from ‘Tin Cup’

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