Kaymer Shocks By Dumping Caddy

Martin Kaymer has reacted to losing the World No. 1 crown by sacking Glasgow caddy, Craig Connolly.

The pair split straight after last Sunday’s Players Championship where Kaymer let go of a share of the lead before eventually finishing in a share of 17th.

Martin Kaymer and Craig Connolly in shock split.

It’s the second time Celtic-fan Connolly has been dumped as England’s Paul Casey handed him his notice in late 2009.

Connolly then teamed with Kaymer early in 2010 and since then the duo has shared success in the U.S. PGA and five European Tour wins including last October’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and just a week after helping Europe win back the Ryder Cup.

Capturing a first Major along with three other wins last year led to Kaymer being crowned European No. 1.

Kaymer ended 2010 having won Euro 4.5m in Europe alone with the 34-year old Connolly at least banking Euro 1/2m.

Earlier this year, Kaymer won a third Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.   The German then went to World No. 1 in late February.

But in recent weeks Kaymer’s been knocked to No. 1 with the England duo of Lee Westwood and Luke Donald now ahead of him on the rankings.

“Craig and me, we had a fantastic year together.  He’s a very good caddie.  But for me, it was just time to change and move on,” said Kaymer in Spain where he will be contesting this week’s Volvo World Match-Play Championship.

“It was nice to work with him, with the success we had, and to win a Major and the Race to Dubai has been fantastic.

“But we talked about the decision to split a few times, but last week on Sunday we had a little chat and we just decided to go our separate ways.

“It’s nothing to do with Craig.   He’s a fantastic and he’s been a good caddied but for me I needed a change.”

For the time being Kaymer will have his year older brother, Phillip on the bag who is studying law in Cologne, and plays off a handicap of plus 2.

“Phillip is no rookie and he caddied for me when I was a rookie on the European Tour, and for a little bit also in Asia, so I think it will be fun having him on the bag for a while,” said Kaymer.

But while Kaymer and Connolly have split he indicated he would be prepared to still attend Connolly’s wedding in July.

“If he’s still getting married, and if I get an invitation, for sure, I will go,” said Kaymer smiling.



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