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The news has come out that Lee Westwood and Billy Foster have split after 10 years together.

https://www.golfdigest.com/story/lee-westwood-splits-with-long-time-caddie-billy-foster-according-to-report

 

Foster is a great caddie. There is some speculation that Foster could caddie for Rory next year. I think this would be an excellent move for Rory to get a serious seasoned caddie back on the bag to help him refocus his game and get back to playing his best golf.

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As great as it could be for both parties, Rory fired the caddie who told him to "Get a f****ng grip, you're Rory McIlroy" as he was four putting his way to a missed cut at The Open. After that exchange, McIlroy woke up, played like Rory McIlroy and made the cut.

 

So a caddie that would be honest with him probably isn't something he'd consider regardless of whether what's said is applicable or not.

 

Also, changing caddie would mean he'd have to admit his pal isn't up to the job. It took him 3.5 years of missing putts low to get a putting lesson due to his stubbornness and public protestations that he was putting just fine.

 

If there was an issue with Harry it'd be late '21 before a change happens.

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Haha Rory and his mate are on a holiday of a lifetime, regardless of if he makes the cut or not they're both living the best life.

 

Billy would kick Rory's a** into shape and would take no sh*t so Rory would hate to work with him.

 

I'd love to see Stevie Williams on his bag too, try talking crap and act like a little baby to Stevie, Rors :lol:

 

 

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Met Billy when he spoke at our club. Great bloke and top class caddie. He would be perfect for Rory....but not sure Rory would appreciate Billy's wisdom.

 

After dinner speaking? I bet he's funny but I imagine he can be quite blue.

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Guys just have someone carrying the bag is becoming a trend? Rory, Westy, Phil ...

 

 

 

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Interesting. I think Billy Foster would be a great benefit for Rory, but doubt Rory would employ him.

 

In golfing circles where I grew up, Billy Foster was a bit of a local legend. Whenever Seve was doing well, the town newspaper would write as much about BF as Seve's golf.*

 

 

*I exaggerate this only a little.

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I have caddied in Pro Ams' where one player literally wanted a mule....carry the bag. Say nothing and don't touch any of the clubs. Another had full cord grips and came out with the statement "don't touch my grips, you could upset the oils!!"...while we see it as a glamorous role there must be a lot of lows as well.

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Foster answers back. No chance.

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So Westwood gets his girlfriend to caddie and wins one event and loses the other in a play-off

 

Rory might be one of the most talented players on the planet but there is no guarantee Billy Foster would make any difference to his game at the moment in the same way that Westwood actually got better having basically a club carrier rather than caddie.

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Met Billy when he spoke at our club. Great bloke and top class caddie. He would be perfect for Rory....but not sure Rory would appreciate Billy's wisdom.

 

After dinner speaking? I bet he's funny but I imagine he can be quite blue.

 

He also did a night at my club a couple of months ago, I wasnt going to miss that, great night, the stories he's able to tell are hilarious, and yes very blue!

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Guys just have someone carrying the bag is becoming a trend? Rory, Westy, Phil ...

 

 

Gee....it's almost like the good old days, when caddies followed the basic instruction:

 

Keep up, put up, and shut up

 

I think Westwood's caddie is more like "Keep up, put out, and shut up".

 

Really I think it's good for the player to have a caddie with less input. Read their own putts. Make their own club decisions. But definitely want someone that is on time and doesn't say the wrong thing.

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