Justin Thomas hires Phil Mickelson’s famed caddie as his full-time bagman.
Justin Thomas’ new caddy, Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay, will take over on a full-time basis.
Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay, Phil Mickelson’s long-time caddy, will now take to the bag for another PGA Tour star, Justin Thomas, after it was revealed that he would become his full-time caddie.
During his 25-year tenure with Mickelson, Mackay won five majors, including three Masters and one British Open, during which time he was a 45-time PGA Tour winner.
Following his tenure with the current PGA Championship winner, the 56-year-old retired from full-time caddying to work as an on-course reporter for NBC Sports and Golf Channel.
However, after parting ways with previous caddie Jimmy Johnson, who had been with the world No. 6 since his rookie season in 2015, the American is back on the bag and this time joins Thomas.
Following his switch on the bag, the 14-time PGA Tour winner issued a statement on Twitter about Johnson’s departure, stressing that he did not fire his previous caddie.
“Jimmy and I had a great six-year run together,” he stated, “but we have agreed to part ways.” I did not terminate Jimmy because he approached me after the Ryder Cup and informed me that he had decided to seek other options.
“I have nothing but respect for Jimmy and his wife, and I will always be grateful for all of our accomplishments and good times together; I wish him the best – JT”
This isn’t the first time Mackay and Thomas have worked together; the 2017 PGA Champion has used the 56-year-old as a temporary caddie twice previously, including when Thomas won his second World Golf Championship at the St. Jude Invitational last year.
“It came out of left field very recently,” Mackay said of his new role alongside the 28-year-old. I have a lot of admiration for [Thomas] as a person and as a player.
“I said yes to the phone call because it was wonderful.”
Despite ‘enjoying’ his position as a reporter for NBC and Golf Channel, Mickelson’s former right-hand man confessed that working with Thomas was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.
“I love to caddy,” Mackay continued, “and I loved my work with NBC/Golf Channel,” he added, “but it’s Justin Thomas.””
However, the 56-year-old will be able to continue doing both. “Brinkwire News Summary.”