Rickie Fowler parts ways with his longtime caddy | Golf News and Tour Information

Rickie Fowler has parted ways with longtime caddy Joe Skovron ahead of this week’s FedEx St. Jude Championship.

Former PGA Tour player Colt Knost and Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis were the first to report on Tuesday that Skovron was no longer employed by Fowler. Skovron has been on the bag since Fowler turned pro in 2009.

“It was a team decision,” Fowler told The Associated Press. “I’ve decided to take different paths. It might be the best option right now. It doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road in any way. He’s like a big brother to me.”

Together, Fowler and Skovron have won five PGA Tour events, including the 2015 Players Championship, and recorded 12 top-10 finishes in major championships. The duo have also competed in four Ryder Cups and three Presidents Cups.

However, Fowler has been in crisis for the better part of three seasons. Once as high as No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Fowler enters the week at No. 167 in the world. After 11 consecutive trips to the playoffs, Fowler missed last season for the first time and was the last man this year, benefiting from a number of players ahead of him in the FedEx Cup standings defecting to LIV Golf.

According to The Associated Press and Action Network’s Jason Sobel, Fowler will employ Ben Schomin as a replacement caddy this week. Schomin is a Cobra Golf employee who served as a temporary loop for Bryson DeChambeau last year.

“It’s different,” Fowler told the AP. “In 13 years, there’s only been one other week, my rookie year, where I had someone else on the bag. One of our assistants from Oklahoma State , Donnie Darr, he’s been a caddy for me at the Memorial. Other than that, Joe’s been my guy.”

Michael C. Ford