April 4, 2024

Justin Thomas has split from his caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay just eight days before the opening round of The Masters, with the world number 28 struggling for form.


Justin Thomas has parted ways with caddie Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay


Justin Thomas has parted ways with caddie Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay


Just days before the 2024 Masters, golf star Justin Thomas has taken an “incredibly difficult” decision to part ways with his caddie, Jim “Bones” Mackay. Mackay, who was Phil Mickelson’s caddie for 25 years, started working with Thomas in 2021 and together they won the PGA Championship in 2022 at Southern Hills.


However, Thomas’s form has dipped since then, finishing 71st in the FedEx Cup standings last year, and starting 2024 disappointingly. He missed cuts at the Genesis Invitational and The Players Championship.


He also failed to win the Valspar Championship last month after shooting a poor 79 in the third round. The 30-year-old golfer decided not to take part in the Texas Valero Open at TPC San Antonio this week.


He shared the news on social media, stating: “While incredibly difficult for me to say, Bones and I have parted ways,” adding that he will always be thankful for their time together.


Justin Thomas endured a nightmare Saturday at the Copperhead Course


Justin Thomas endured a nightmare Saturday at the Copperhead Course.


Thomas reflected on their success saying: “The things we’ve been able to accomplish together the PGA Championship in 2022, the Presidents Cup, the Ryder Cups were all unforgettable experiences. His wisdom on and off the course has been a blessing during a tough stretch of my career and he was there every step of the way.


“I know there are great things coming for both of us down the road. I wish him the best of luck and will always count him and his family amongst my friends.”


Mackay, 58, began his career caddying for Larry Mize, Scott Simpson and Curtis Strange before teaming up with Mickelson in 1992. This was followed by Mickelson’s impressive PGA Tour breakthrough.


Mackay carried the bag for all but four of Mickelson’s 45 PGA Tour wins, which included five major championship victories. Just before parting ways with Mickelson in 2017, Mackay underwent a double knee replacement.



After ending his working relationship with Mickelson, he joined NBC and Golf Channel as an analyst and commentator. He made a brief return in 2018 when he filled in for Thomas’ caddie Jimmy Johnson at the Sony Open.


In 2021, he became Thomas’ full-time caddie. The pair celebrated one victory together the 2022 PGA Championship where Thomas beat Will Zalatoris in a playoff to win his second major title.


However, since then, Thomas has struggled with his form, missing the cut at three of the four majors last season. The world number 28 will have a new caddie on the bag when The Masters starts at Augusta National on April 11.


Despite his previous successes, he is considered a 25/1 shot with the bookmakers. However, given his recent lack of form, few pundits are likely to tip Thomas as their choice to wear the green jacket at the end of the tournament.

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