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# Parting ways
Clarke fires his caddie six months after British Open win
The Ulsterman had a nightmare in Abu Dhabi last week and has decided to give bagman John Mulrooney the boot less than a year after hiring him.

DARREN CLARKE HAS sacked his caddie after hitting his worst round in five years on Friday.

The UIsterman carded an 81 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and, just eight months after hiring bagman John Mulrooney, the pair have parted company.

Mulrooney, who has worked with Jose Maria Olazabal, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Steve Webster in the past, met Clarke last May before the Iberdrola Open in Mallorca.

His player David Howell had withdrawn while Clarke was in need of a caddie due to the unavailability of Ricci Roberts and they clearly hit it off as Clarke had his first success on tour in three years.

Their has been several disagreements since then, however.

In July, the 43-year-old went on to win the British Open at Royal St George a week after coming close to giving the Bray native his marching orders while there were also spats during the Scottish Open and the Grand Slam Championship in Bermuda.

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