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Rory McIlroy receives brilliant application for his vacant caddie position

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Rory McIlroy's struggles both on and off the golf course has been well documented in the past few months.

The world number four has struggled for form and fitness this year, with a persistent rib injury curtailing his progress on the golf course.

In addition, the 28-year-old found himself in a Twitter row with former PGA Tour professional Steve Elkington, forcing the Northern Irishman to vow to take a break from social media for the foreseeable future.

To make matters even worse, McIlroy ended his nine-year partnership with his caddie, JP Fitzgerald, just a week after the British Open in July.

Fitzgerald played a huge role in McIlroy's success as he helped his boss to world number one and four major titles.

Nevertheless, it seemed that the pair's relationship had become strained, and as a result, McIlroy is now looking for a new bag man to partner him in future endeavours.

Understandably, this is a highly coveted position and McIlroy is expected to receive applications from all across the globe.

One man who has offered his services to the Northern Irishman is Geno Bonnalie; who currently caddies for PGA Tour pro Joel Dahmen.

PGA Championship - Round Two

Bonnalie applied for the role through a post on Twitter, and the contents of his application are highly amusing.

Included in his application is a heading titled 'Things I excel at as a caddie'.

Bonnalie lists five things that make him a great caddie, including his punctuality, his proficiency with numbers and his bunker raking skills; an area he considers himself to be the 'best in the world'.

The application also includes a heading of his expectations and shortcomings for McIlroy.

The Letter

"Mr. Mcilroy.

"I would like to formally apply for the position of being your full time caddie. I currently work for Tour Pro, Joel Dahmen and have been with him for 3 years. I've helped lead Joel to a solo 68th finish at the Reno-Tahoe open, T80 MDF in Puerto Rico, and also helped him make 4 consecutive birdies in the Sanderson Farms Championship. Please don't think I'm sneaking around behind Joel's back trying to get another job. I think Joel himself may also be applying for the position.

"If you hue me it wouldn't be awkward at all because we already know each other. We played in front of you on Saturday at the Travelers and during the wait on 4 tee box I asked you if you wanted a water (which you politely declined). So were pretty much hest friends already.

"Things that I excel at as a caddie:

"-I'm really good with numbers...especially at elevation. What? You want me to take 2% off of 157 yards ..BAM. 154. (do you want decimal points? I know you're good, but Joel and I usually work in whole yards)

"-I'm ALWAYS on time. In fact. I'm always way early. I'm typing this on my way to Wyndham where I am 3 hours early to the airport

"-I am an EXCELLENT bunker raker. In fact, I would say I'm one of the best in the world. If they had bunker raking contests on tour, I would lead in every possible statistic

"- once upon a time I was one of the best Archers in the world (as a youth), so I have a weird ability to know exactly how far you are from the pin just by looking at it (inside 70 yards). So if I don't step anything oft and tell you it's 58 yards its 58 yards

"- During practice rounds I like making bets on various shots. Joel and I have a running SS bet on any given shot, and then give odds with the degree of difficulty. I've made an extra 5370 this year betting on 3 footers Its a nice little supplemental income

"Things I request from you as a player:

"-If we both read a putt to go left and it doesn't go left Please don't yell at me. It's not like I was trying to sabotage you

"-If we agree on a club, then you chunk the shit out of it avid yell at me for "giving a bad club" I'll probably eat it and say 'sorry pro*, but please know that in my head I will be thinking something about how you should hit a better shot.

"-if it's our first time playing a course, and you hit one 175 yards off line and immediately ask me 'what's over there odds are I have no idea.

"My shortcomings as a caddie:

"-if you make me keep our playing partners score, I sometimes lose track of what they made on a hole because I'm so focused on what we're doing (see what I did there' Turned a negative in to a positive)

"-I'm not sure if I'm any good at tending the pm In the 3 years I've been caddying. I've never once tended one. Joel just has me pull it... he says if he can't see the hole, what are the chances of making it anyway. he kind of knows where is at.

"Anyway - you probably have a lot of follow up questions you'd like to ask me Go ahead and have your agent get a hold of my agent and I'm sure we can figure something out."

PGA Championship - Final Round

A very good effort, we think you will agree!

To make the situation even better, Bonnalie even received a reference from his current employer, with Dahmen telling McIlroy to 'take a serious look at my man'.

With McIlroy expected to take a break from golf due to nagging rib injury, it is likely that he will take his time in employing a new caddie.

And he may look no further than Bonnalie, who has thrown himself into contention with one of the best job applications of recent times.

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