London: Darren Clarke has parted company with the caddie that helped him win his first major championship in the British Open at Sandwich in July.
ISM, the player`s management team, told Reuters on Monday that Clarke`s split with John Mulrooney was amicable and had come after he missed the cut at the Abu Dhabi Championship on Friday.
The 43-year-old Northern Irishman will keep his options open on a replacement bagman as he practises over the next three weeks ahead of his return to competitive golf at the WGC-Accenture Match Play in Arizona on February 22, said ISM.
Mulrooney took over as Clarke`s full-time caddie after the former Ryder Cup player won the Iberdrola Open in Majorca in May.
Clarke has been out of sorts since his victory at Sandwich, his best result a 20th-place finish at the Volvo Golf Champions tournament in South Africa two weeks ago.
He slumped to rounds of 72 and 81 at the European Tour event in Abu Dhabi.