Rory McIlroy has decided to keep bestie Harry Diamond on as caddie for the 2018 season, multiple sources have reported at the weekend.

Harry has been on the Rory bag since stepping in after long time looper J.P. Fitzgerald was given his P45 in July.

The move follows a growing trend of friends replacing established Tour caddies on the bags of some of the world's biggest stars.

Jason Day replaced long time caddie caddie and coach Colin Swatton, with his friend and former academy roommate  Luke Reardon in September while Tommy Fleetwood with best mate Ian Finnis on his bag won the 2017 Race To Dubai.

Rory, who took a break from golf towards the end of this season, has also announced a crammed schedule in a bid to finally win a Masters Green Jacket in 2018.

McIlroy will return on the 18th of January at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and also play the week after at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.  A fortnight later he will tee it up at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am,  then move on to Riviera for the Genesis Open.

McIlroy then plans to play in the Honda Classic, WGC Mexico, the Valspar Championship, and Arnold Palmer Invitational which starts on March 15th.

The WGC-Dell Technologies Matchplay starts on March 22nd, two weeks before the Masters, and though he has yet to confirm, it highly likely in a Ryder Cup year that McIlroy will play in the matchplay format.

So the Rory 2018 schedule looks like

Jan 18th: Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
Jan 25th : Dubai Desert Classic
Feb 8th : AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Feb 15th : Genesis Open
Feb 22nd: Honda Classic
March 1st: WGC-Mexico Championship?
March 8th: Valspar Championship
March 15th: Arnold Palmer Invitational
March 22nd: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
April 5th: The Masters

That's nine events in 10 weeks.  Hmmmm. Is that wise?

Of Course our video with impersonator Steven Connolly on Rory's caddie requirements was one of the highlights of the year on GCD.

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