Wallace splits with caddie Dave McNeilly following recent controversy

By Michael Schmitt - 13 August 2019Views : 227


Matt Wallace has parted ways with caddie Dave McNeilly, less than two months after the two were involved in a controversial incident at the BMW International.

During the final round of the European Tour event in Germany, cameras captured Wallace berating McNeilly on two separate occasions, leading to widespread criticism of the English golfer on social media.

Wallace was forced to publicly apologise for his actions, and promised to do better going forward, but it seems he and McNeilly have not managed to come to an understanding.

Despite winning four European Tour titles together, Wallace decided to end the working relationship after the recent WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational.

“He was sort of regretting that he had to do it,” McNeilly told BBC Sport Northern Ireland.

“There wasn’t a [stated] reason but if there was a reason it would have been more like, he didn’t like the way he was behaving towards me on the golf course.

“He wasn’t prepared to persevere with that. The sad thing was I was prepared to persevere and I actually thought we were starting to get there, to get over that hurdle, where we were starting to work well together.

“I’m not saying, ‘poor old me. I’ve been scapegoated’.

“You have got to take responsibility for your part in it.

“The reason why I enjoyed working for Matt Wallace was because of that fire. It’s a caddie’s dream to have a player who is going to give you his all.

“This just isn’t all about Matt Wallace. I have to be able to learn and adapt and caddie for him.

“I have to be able to learn the right words to say to him which are not going to fan those flames and keep giving him messages which are going to keep him focused.

“And maybe an area where I wasn’t so good was that I didn’t set boundaries down to Matt and say, ‘no, you’re not going to cross a line in the sand’ [in terms of losing his temper]. I was more focused on trying to make it work.”

McNeilly, 67, has caddied for the likes of Nick Faldo, Nick Price and Padraig Harrington in the past, but doesn't yet know where he'll end up next.