Jim "Bones" Mackay to caddie for Justin Thomas at Sony Open
January 06, 2018
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
Justin Thomas bends one in from 39 feet at Sentry
KAPALUA, Hawaii – Jim “Bones” Mackay – the former longtime caddie to Phil Mickelson and now NBC and Golf Channel analyst – will carry the bag for FedExCup Champion Justin Thomas in his Sony Open title defense next week.
Thomas’ regular caddie Jimmy Johnson succumbed to plantar fasciitis after two rounds at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua and has returned home for treatment, leaving an opening for next week at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.
Mike Thomas – Justin’s father – took over duties in the third and fourth rounds at the Plantation Course where Thomas was unable to defend his crown after rounds of 71-75-75-67 left him well off the pace.
“I’m very excited. It will be fun. Obviously, I wish I had Jimmy, I wish he was healthy but Bones is obviously a very good alternative,” Thomas said.
“It’s funny I was with Jordan (Spieth) and Bones the other day and Jordan asked him the last time he caddied there and he said ’92 so it was before either of us were born. I’d say the course has changed a little bit since then.
“But it’s such an easy course to learn, it is all right in front of you so it will be good. I am just excited to get back there and play more than anything.”
Thomas said the idea to ask Mackay was a little bit of a shot in the dark but he was happy to get a positive response.
The last time Mackay worked on the PGA TOUR was the 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic, the end of a 25-year run with Mickelson that yielded 42 TOUR wins and five majors.
He has since been a successful on-course reporter.
“I think the world of Justin and I’m looking forward to working with him,” Mackay said via Golf Channel.
Thomas is coming off a five-win season, including his first major and the FedExCup. He has already won once this new season.