02 Aug '17, 7pm

Rory McIlroy addressed his split with J.P. Fitzgerald today.

Rory McIlroy addressed his split with J.P. Fitzgerald today.

Rory McIlroy knew what the first question would be when he began his pre-tournament press conference Wednesday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. "Let's address the elephant in the room," one reporter started. "J.P.'s not that big," McIlroy quipped, inducing laughter among the media. McIlroy, speaking Wednesday at Firestone Country Club, said he split with longtime caddie J.P. Fitzgerald because he "needed to mix things up." McIlroy, 28, and Fitzgerald had spent nine years together. They first teamed up in July 2008. "It's a big change. J.P. has been a huge part of my life for the last decade," McIlroy said. "A lot of great times on and off the golf course. I still consider J.P. one of my best friends, closest friends, but sometimes to preserve a personal relationship you have to sacrifice a professional one, and that's sort of the decision I came to at the end. … I was ...

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