Jim “Bones” Mackay, who spent the last four years as an on-course reporter, is set to transition back to his career as a caddie and will be on the bag for star Justin Thomas, he told Golf Channel this week. Mackay is expected to continue in his role as a broadcaster when his schedule allows but will focus primarily on being Thomas’ full-time caddie.
“I love to caddie and I loved my role with NBC/Golf Channel,” Mackay told Golf Channel, “but it’s Justin Thomas.”
Mackay said he got the call from Thomas recently, and while it came out of left field, the appeal to being on the bag for the No. 6 player in the world was too appealing to turn down.
Mackay served as Phil Mickelson’s caddie for 25 years before transitioning to his most recent role as an on-course broadcaster in 2017 following a mutual parting of ways. He caddied for Max Homa at the PGA Championship earlier this summer and held the bag several times for Thomas in recent years when Thomas’ regular caddie, Jimmy Johnson, was injured, including at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, which Thomas won.
“He did great,” Thomas said of his winning experience next to Mackay last year, which Mackay did on short notice. “He did what a lot of great caddies do and they let the player do it. There’s a reason why they’re the best and he did an unbelievable job this week, especially for being in that situation, which we had never been in that together.”
Johnson, who was inducted into the Caddie Hall of Fame earlier this year, served as Thomas’ caddie since he was a rookie in 2015.