Matt Wallace: Caddie breaks silence after split

Matt Wallace And Dave Mc Neilly

Matt Wallace and caddie Dave McNeilly have gone their separate ways,
with the Northern Irishman described the split as “part of the game”.

The pair called time on their successful but tempestuous partnership earlier this month.

They combined for four European Tour wins but their time together – particularly latterly – was marred by controversy. In June, Wallace was widely condemned for what some described as aggressive behaviour towards 67-year-old McNeilly after blowing a chance to win the BMW International Open in Munich.

• 'Disrespectful' - What is Poulter unhappy about?

• Phil takes aim at Luke in weird Twitter spat

However, speaking to BBC Northern Ireland, McNeilly, 67, refused to criticise his former employer.

"I'm not saying, 'poor old me. I've been scapegoated'," said McNeilly. "You have got to take responsibility for your part in it.

• Tiger provides injury update

"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."   

REVIEWED - PING G410 PLUS DRIVER & FAIRWAYS

McNeilly’s reputation as a top caddie precedes him, having worked with the likes of Sir Nick Faldo, Nick Pride and Padraig Harrington.

However, he accepts that he made some mistakes during his time on Wallace’s bag.

• Rory hails this season as his "most consistent by far"

"This just isn't all about Matt Wallace,” he added. “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.

REVIEWED - PING G410 IRONS

"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."

• Topgolf is coming to Glasgow

• Another Scottish course faces threat of closure

McNeilly added that the pair parted on good terms after the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational earlier this month.

"There wasn't a 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 said.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
HOW TO WARM UP FOR A ROUND OF GOLF LIKE A TOUR PRO
David Law
play button
THESE TROLLEYS MAKE GOLF MORE FUN!
Stewart Golf
play button
REVIEW - Are these Cobra putters the best that money can buy?
Cobra
play button
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FOURSOMES & FOURBALL… and how to play them
Foursomes
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Rory McIlory to tee it up at Scottish Open
Home delights for sensational Stewart on Get Back To Golf Tour
Darren Clarke launches CBD range
Earlston golfer taking on 100 holes today
Notable names WD from Olympics

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Let your arms and shoulders work together
Watch
play button
Stay on top of the golf ball
Watch
play button
Improve your rhythm and you will improve your golf
Watch
play button
A simple drill to increase your shoulder turn
Callaway
See all videos right arrow