Scottish caddie Craig Connelly has been dropped by Martin Kaymer less than three months after the German became world No.1.
Connelly flew with Kaymer from Florida to Spain on Sunday night, but it will be the golfer’s brother Philip who will be carrying his bag in the Volvo World Matchplay Championship which starts on Thursday.
“For me, it was just time to change and move on,” said the 26-year-old German. “We’ve talked about it a few times already, but on Sunday we had a little chat and just decided to go our separate ways.”
A full-time replacement could be in place for next week’s BMW PGA Championship and, after the year Kaymer has had, there will be no shortage of people willing to step into the Scot’s shoes.
Kaymer lifted the first major title of his career at the US PGA Championship last August, won his next two tournaments as well – three if you include the Ryder Cup – and in November topped the European Tour with nearly £3.9m.
In February he took over from Lee Westwood as world No.1 by reaching the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play in Arizona, but he then missed the cut in the Masters for the fourth successive year and has since slipped to third in the rankings behind Westwood and Luke Donald.
Kaymer added: “Obviously, Craig and I had a fantastic year together – he’s a very good caddie – but I just felt like I needed a change. It has nothing to do with Craig; he’s a fantastic guy and he’s been a good caddie for me. I haven’t had any calls yet [from other caddies] but obviously now some people will know the changed situation."