Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mickelson and Mackay split ways after 25 years

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

Mackay was on Mickelson’s bag for all 41 of the lefthander’s professional victories, and his unwavering dedication is such that it made news when a stomach ailment knocked him out of action for most of one round at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship earlier this season. Tim Mickelson, Phil’s younger brother, took the bag that day.

Tim Mickelson will caddie for Phil for the rest of this season, Mickelson’s statement said.

Caddie Mackay also released a statement.

“After an amazing 25-year run, Phil and I have mutually decided to go our separate ways,” said Mackay, who had been somewhat hobbled this year as he recovers from a double knee replacement. “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.

“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 (definitely the Masters), I will be among the first to congratulate him.”

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