Mickelson, Bones part way after 25 years together

Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson and his long-time caddy Jim “Bones” Mackay have made a joint statement that they are parting ways after 25 years together.

Mackay, who was born in England and moved to Florida at the age of 7, has been on Mickelson’s bag ever since he turned pro in 1992.

Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson with caddy Jim “Bones” Mackay (Credit: European Tour)

The pair have won five majors together – 2004 Masters, 2005 PGA Championship, 2006 Masters, 2010 Masters and the 2013 Open Championship – and competed in 11 Ryder Cups as well as sharing 41 PGA Tour wins.

“After 25 very rewarding and memorable years, Bones and I have mutually decided to end our player-caddie relationship. Our decision is not based on a single incident. We just feel it’s the right time for a change,” said Mickelson in his press release.

“Bones is one of the most knowledgable and dedicated caddies in the world. He is always prepared and has the ability to make decisions in pressure packed situations. Bones is without a doubt one of the most thoughtful people that I have ever known. The next player to work with him will obviously be very lucky.”

“My relationship and history with Bones far exceeds golf. He has been one of the most important and special people in my life since the day we met and I will always be grateful for everything he has done for me. Amy and I, and our children, will always think of Bones, Jen, Oliver, and Emma as family.”

Mickelson’s brother, Tim, will help out with the bag duties while a replacement is found.

Speculation surrounds Mackay’s golfing future, however early indications are that he may choose to caddie for another PGA Tour player or move into a television commentary role.

“After an amazing 25-year run, Phil and I have mutually decided to go our separate ways. Player-caddie relationships don’t often last that long. I will always be grateful that I was around to witness so much of Phil’s career,” said Mackay.

“When Phil hired me in 1992, I had one dream: to caddie in a Ryder Cup. Last year, at Hazeltine, Phil played in his 11th straight Ryder Cup. It was so cool to have a front row seat.”

“I wish Phil nothing but the best. His game is still at an elite level, and when he wins in the future, I will be among the first to congratulate him.”