Justin Thomas will have Phil Mickelson’s longtime caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay on his bag for next week’s Sony Open with his regular caddie sidelined for at least a month due to a foot injury.
Thomas’ father, Mike, took over his son’s bag for the final two rounds of the Tournament of Champions in Maui after Jimmy Johnson was sidelined with plantar faciitis. The No. 3 player in the world was seeking a temporary professional caddy for the second leg of the Hawaii swing, with Thomas preparing to defend his title at the Sony Open.
Mackay was already in Hawaii, as he has been working as an analyst for NBC Sports since splitting with Mickelson last summer following 25 years working together.
“As much as I enjoy and appreciate the caddie offers, I am all set haha,” Thomas tweeted over the weekend. “I have things planned for as long as needed until my man JJ gets back and healthy. Thanks for the concerns!”
Thomas was named the 2017 PGA Tour player of the year with five victories, including the Tournament of Champions, Sony Open and his first major title at the PGA Championship. He also had a victory during the wrap-around schedule in the fall.
Also as much as I enjoy and appreciate the caddie offers, I am all set haha. I have things planned for as long as needed until my man JJ gets back and healthy. Thanks for the concerns!
— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) January 7, 2018
–Field Level Media