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Garcia sacks caddie Jerry Higginbotham

Spanish prodigy Sergio Garcia today sacked his caddy, Jerry Higginbotham.

Higginbotham, a veteran on the PGA Tour flew home from Japan, is out of a job for the second time this year.

He had caddied for Garcia for the past six months, but was dumped by the 19-year-old after yesterday's final round of the Taiheiyo Masters in Gotemba.

"We weren't really happy any more. I wasn't happy, and he didn't look very happy. So we have split up," Garcia said.

Higginbotham said the pair agreed not to "make a big deal" of the split, but he did say he thought everything was fine until Garcia played poorly in Japan this past weekend.

"I thought our personalities clicked pretty well at the beginning, and maybe it fell apart a little at the end," said Higginbotham, who lost his job with Mark O'Meara after the final round of the Masters in April.

Higginbotham was in the headlines again after the final round of the Ryder Cup, when he was hospitalised after a bar fight just outside of Boston.

"I'm either getting beat up or I'm getting fired," he said.

"Sergio's only 19 and he wants everything. He'll probably learn down the road that just because you have one bad week, it's not the caddie's fault."

Sources suggest Nick Faldo's longtime caddie Fanny Sunesson is in line for the job.