A shocker in the golf world, after 25 years together Hall of Fame golfer Phil Mickelson and caddy Jim “Bones” MacKay announced they are parting ways.
MacKay first started caddying for Mickelson in 1992, together the pair captured 5 major championships and 41 PGA Tour victories.
Mickelson and the veteran caddie announced their mutual split Tuesday with joint statements.
"Player-caddie relationships don't often last that long," Mackay said. "I will always be grateful that I was around to witness so much of Phil's career. 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 cool to have a front-row seat."
Tim Mickelson, Phil's younger brother, will take over caddie duties. Tim Mickelson, the former golf coach at University of San Diego and now an agent for Jon Rahm, has previously filled in as his brother’s caddy.
Phil Mickelson, who was unable to play at Erin Hills last week because of his daughter Amanda's high school graduation, began working with Mackay just before the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
"After 25 very rewarding and memorable years, Bones and I have mutually decided to end our player-caddie relationship." Mickelson said. "Our decision is not based on a single incident. We just feel it's the right time for a change.
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"Bones is one of the most knowledgeable 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. We are looking forward to sharing life and friendship with them forever."