Grayson Murray is in need of a looper for this week’s Players Championship.
According to a WRAL report, Murray and caddie Mike Hicks split up mid-round Sunday at the Wells Fargo Championship after they got into an altercation on the ninth hole at Eagle Point Golf Club.
According to WRAL’s Aaron Schoonmaker, “Hicks then dropped the bag and handed his smock to a replacement caddie selected by Murray from outside the ropes.”
Murray, who was coming off a bogey on the 8th hole, bogeyed three holes after his incident with Hicks. He finished four over and tied for 63rd. Murray was two shots off the lead after 36 holes, but he shot 76-76 on the weekend.
Hicks, 55, has caddied for Murray since he was on the Web.com tour. Hicks was also on the bag for Payne Stewart when he famously out-dueled Phil Mickelson to win the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
A PGA Tour rookie, Murray has made more headlines off the course than on it. He called out fellow Tour pros for their “boring” use of social media and later irked some players when he debated the Official World Golf Ranking system. He also asked an Instagram model to caddie for him at the Masters Par-3 Contest, but he never qualified.
Murray has made the cut in seven of his 15 starts this season. His best finish was a T8 at the Sanderson Farms in October.
UPDATE: On Monday night, Murray sent the below tweet before deactivating his Twitter account. On Tuesday he explained the break up to Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner, saying he had been thinking about changing his caddie for some time now. He told Lavner that after he hit his tee shot on the 9th hole Sunday, Murray saw his dad outside the ropes and told him “I’m done after this round with Hicksy.” Hicks, however, overheard the comments. “He was very upset and asked me what I told my dad,” Murray said. “I told him that I think we probably need to split ways after today, and that we’re just having our differences. And he wasn’t really getting that. … He basically threw my bag, said, ‘Here’s the bib, go find someone else.'”
Murray told Lavner that he’s known Hicks since he was 10 and that they didn’t do a good job separating business and friendship. He said Hicks was like a father.
“Hicksy tried being a lot of different roles, and that was probably hard on him,” Murray said. “It’s definitely hard on me, because I just wanted him to be the caddie but I couldn’t tell him that. I didn’t want him to think that I’m questioning his knowledge of the game. But he was trying to play the roles of caddie, mentor, father figure, swing coach, and I think it finally got to him, too. It wore him down. It’s too bad we couldn’t have figured it out between the two of us, but that’s the nature of the business.”