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Breaking: Phil Mickelson and Jim “Bones” Mackay have officially split

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One of the most famous player-caddie duos ever in the sport of golf is no longer.

In dual statements released on Twitter, Phil Mickelson and Jim “Bones” Mackay have mutually and officially split after 25 years together. Bones started looping for Mickelson in 1992, the same year Mickelson turned pro. Mickelson, now 47-years old, has since amassed five major championship victories and 49 professional victories and has competed in 11 Ryder Cup events.

According to Mickelson, there was not a “single incident” that has caused the split, but rather is simply “the right time for a change.” His brother Tim Mickelson will be on the bag throughout the remainder of the year, according to Mickelson’s statement.

Phil’s Statement

After 25 very rewarding and memorable years, Bones and I have mutually decided to end our player-caddie relationship. Our decision is not based on a single incident. We just feel it’s the right time for a change.
Bones is one of the most knowledgable 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. My brother Tim will be on my bag for the rest of the year. Bones has not used his veto this year andI heard a rumor that he is trying to pass his veto to Tim. For the record, vetoes are non-transferable.

Sincerely,
Phil

Bones’ Statement

After an amazing 25-year run, Phil and I have mutually decided to go our separate ways. 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.
I do want to say for the record that I did not use my “veto” this year. I would like to pass it along to Tim, in all its glory.

Thank you Phil.
Sincerely,
Jim Bones Mackay

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  1. SH

    Jun 21, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    What’s hilarious is that you think you’re funny when you’re anything but. But the one thing you’ve got right is that yes, you are just a peon.

  2. Dave R

    Jun 21, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    There is always a reason for a split. It’s to bad but probably best for [bones] he can start a new place in his life . Man 25 years with the same guy packin that bag it has to take a toll.

  3. Deadeye

    Jun 21, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    My guess is a younger pro made Bones an offer he can’t refuse.

    • @@!!!

      Jun 21, 2017 at 11:56 pm

      Man….I can;t really put my finger on it, but it’s slightly sad seeing these 2 split. Again I can’t put my finger on why, but I guess just cuz if you think one, you think of the other.

      Regardless wish them both well.

      Side note, I loved the Phil/Feherity episode where Phil broke down all small dewhat he/they thought for per shot.

    • George Hanson

      Jun 23, 2017 at 1:02 am

      Which young pro did you have in mind? Phil makes $50 million per year and flies the largest Gulfstream everywhere he (and Bones) goes — you really think your young pro has the buying power to overcome that?

  4. Jack Nash

    Jun 21, 2017 at 11:03 am

    A great combo over the years. Who knows the reasoning but I felt for Bones lugging the bag mere months after double knee replacement. Could have been he put in more steps chasing Phils ball 😉 and would like to change things up, maybe even some rest to get his legs under him. Heard a possibility is Maverick Maneely. In the end doubtful you’ll see a caddied golfer relationship Go that long.

  5. Bert

    Jun 21, 2017 at 10:50 am

    All things must change.

  6. Jam

    Jun 21, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Rory needs to hire this man ASAP! He needs someone who’s assertive and can help him on the greens. I’m so sick of watching Rory hit a shot or putt and then look up at JP with complete bewilderment.

  7. Tom54

    Jun 21, 2017 at 9:21 am

    My guess is something may have come out of Phil skipping this years us open. Hard to believe this late in his career he would make a change. Oh well best of luck to both of them.

  8. rebfan73

    Jun 21, 2017 at 7:23 am

    “Focus please….” LOL!!!

  9. Was

    Jun 21, 2017 at 2:43 am

    Sniff…. ;-(

  10. DJ

    Jun 20, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Bones issues tweet saying he wants to loop for Tiger next yr

    • DrRob1963

      Jun 21, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      At least he’ll get plenty of time off!

  11. Rwj

    Jun 20, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    They were showing on 17 at Sawgrass. They can’t stand working together anymore

    • JJJ

      Jun 21, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      That’s my lasting memory of Phil and Bones. After Phil dunked one in the water and they walk to the drop zone, Bones is saying something about the wind or whatever and Phil goes “I NEED NUMBERS!!!” in such an angry tone. It was classic.

  12. Shallowface

    Jun 20, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    The fact that Bones put up with FIGJAM for 25 years should make him an automatic candidate for Sainthood.

  13. Old Putter

    Jun 20, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Is there a such thing as a mutual split?

    • COGolfer

      Jun 20, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      It’s the same as a merger, there is always a primary and secondary.

  14. ooffa

    Jun 20, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Well it’s not like he plays in the big events anymore.

    • stephenf

      Jun 22, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      Yeah, it _is_ like he plays in the big events. It’s also like he has priorities straight. Also like he knows what kinds of events in his life will be repeated, and which ones won’t.

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, were, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures, and have WITB looks at Matt Jones and Roberto Diaz, in addition to a general gallery from the TPC Louisiana range.

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Matt Jones doesn’t need his name embroidered on his headcovers: tape and a marker will do just fine, thanks

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A bouquet of Circle T putter covers

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana (par 72; 7,425 yards), designed by Pete Dye with consultants Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson.

The Zurich Classic is a unique event on the PGA Tour because it’s not an individual stroke-play event. Instead, the format consists of two-man teams playing best-ball on Thursday and Saturday, and alternate-shot on Friday and Sunday.

Last year, Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won the event after four playoff holes against Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown. The Smith/Blixt duo will be back to defend their title, and the Kisner/Brown pairing will be back avenging their loss.

Other notable pairings in the field include Daniel Berger/Gary Woodland, Wesley Bryan/Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay, John Daly/Rory Sabbatini, Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels, David Duval/Jim Furyk, Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays, Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello, J.B. Holmes/Brand Snedeker, Matt Kuchar/Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel, Sean O’Hair/Jimmy Walker, Pat Perez/Jason Dufner, Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer, Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley and more!

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Tour Rundown: Moriya Jutanugarn and Andrew Landry win their first titles

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It was a week of firsts on two of the world’s major professional tours. Moriya Jutanugarn claimed her first LPGA title in an impressive manner, while 2016 U.S. Open surprise Andrew Landry seized control in Houston to inscribe his name on the winner’s trophy for an initial time. Elsewhere, a pair of underdogs upset the favorites at the Champions Tour’s Missouri affair, while two veterans added additional titles to their resumes in Europe and on the Web.Com tour. It’s an interesting brew in this week’s cauldron, so let’s give it a stir and see what we taste in this week’s Tour Rundown.

Landry holds off resurgent trio to claim Houston Open

Andrew Landry led that U.S. Open at Oakmont after day one, and hung around the top of the leader board until the fourth day. When his name resurfaced at this week’s Tour stop, few were certain he could hold off a resurgent Zach Johnson, the two-time major winner. Well, few other than Zach Johnson thought Landry might pull it off.

How Landry locked in

From the 10th hole on Friday, through the same hole on Sunday, Landry made zero bogeys. He had 13 birdies in that stretch, on a course that gives a few up, but not in buckets. That 36 hole run of brilliance, including birdies on Sunday’s first three holes, staked Landry to an advantage that he would not relinquish. For the entire week, only four bogeys dotted his scorecards, and two of those came on Thursday. Landry’s putter was hot all week, and his driving game was laser-accurate. The sum total: welcome to the winner’s circle, Mr. Landry.

Click here to see the clubs Landry used to win the 2018 Valero Texas Open

Who made a run?

It wasn’t Johnson. Iowa’s favorite son hasn’t won since the 2015 British Open, although his game has shown its old fire of late. Johnson couldn’t find a groove on day 4, making as many bogeys in that round as Landry did all week. In the end, Johnson had a top-5 finish, amid signs that another victory may not be far in the offing. Sean O’Hair had the low round (66) of the day, and that magic was enough to boost him to a second-place tie with young Trey Mullinax, who followed a Saturday 62 with a notable 69 to rock steady. Jimmy Walker, finally recovered from a bout of illness, had the day’s 2nd-lowest score of 67, and he moved all the way to 4th spot.

Mighty Moriya holds off Korean trio for first tour title

Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand has been close before. She has seen little sister Ariya hoist victory awards before. On Sunday, it was her turn. Jutanugarn and Marina Alex were two of the leader with no title to their credit, heading into the closing 18 holes. While the key to victory still eludes the young American, it was Jutanugarn’s turn to triumph.

What Moriya discovered on Sunday

Actually, she dug deepest on Saturday. The older sibling opened round three with a double bogey, stood 3-over on the day after six holes, and appeared to be sinking. The ship’s wheel steadied with two birdies and hole-out eagle coming home, and then it began the final day with four birdies and no bogeys in the first 15 holes. A late bogey served only to add faux drama, as Jutanugarn calmly closed the deal for victory the first.

Park, Young and Yeon can’t win this case

Reading a bit like a law firm, Inbee Park, Jin Young Ko and So Yeon Ryu made their runs at Moriya. Inbee had a bogey at the turn, and needed perfection on Sunday. She didn’t get it, so a tie for second was in the offing. Ko might have had the best opportunity at day’s start, but a 2-over outward nine took her too far off pace for a 3-under inward half, to provide recovery. She also came second, at 10-under. Ryu put an opening bogey behind with four birdies through 12 holes, but could not go deeper over the closing stretch. Her fourth-place finish was her best of 2018.

Levy wins for third consecutive year on European Tour

France’s Alexander Levy nearly has a five-year win streak. His first two tour titles came in 2014. He skipped 2015, but hasn’t missed in the subsequent years. His work in Morocco this week added up to a one-shot win over a literal blast from the past, Spain’s Alvaro Quiros. Eight golfers finished within three strokes of the top spot, adding drama to the finish at Royal Dar-Es-Salaam.

Nothing spectacular leads Levy to win

There were no great streaks of brilliance, no runs of multiple birdies, for the 28-year old. All that he did, efficiently, was make enough birdies to stay ahead of his pursuers. After bogey at the antepenultimate hole on Sunday, Levy responded with a dart at the par-three 17th, to re-establish his lead. The win was the fifth of his career.

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Oh so close for Oh so many

Let’s begin with Quiros. The Spaniard, compared with Dustin Johnson (for his length off the tee) in his early years, has been adrift. Sunday was his best chance in forever to secure a tour title. His first 16 holes were a tangle of bogeys and a pair of birdies. The Iberian closed admirably, with birdies at the final pair, to claim solo second, one back of Levy. Also close were Mikko Illonen (tied for third with three others at 7-under) and England’s Andy Sullivan, one more back at 6-under, in a tie for seventh.

Two more for the road: Axley wins on Web, while Broadhurst/Triplett claim Legends

Eric Axley would have preferred to win his 3rd professional event in glorious fashion. He’ll take a rain-shortened title at the North Mississippi Classic, his second career Web.Com title and his first title of any sort in 12 years. Waaaay back in 2006, Axley won the very same Houston Open (see above) contested this week on the PGA Tour, and a bit of success was predicted for the left-hander. Success, as we know, doesn’t come to all hands, and Axley was able to birdie his final two holes on Saturday to stake a one-shot advantage. Tied for second were the USA’s Willy Wilcox, Columbia’s Sebastian Munoz, and Korea’s K.H. Lee.

Triplett and Broadhurst birdie 1st playoff hole for victory

The rules for the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf are slightly simpler than those of field hockey, which means that they aren’t very simple. Both courses in use boast par-3 holes alone, but each has a different number of holes, so numbers on the scoreboard are meaningless. With the two Spaniards (Olazabal and Jimenez), the defending champs (Franco and Singh) and two major champions (Lehman and Langer) in the mix, the undervalued pairing of Kirk Triplett (he of the hat) and Paul Broadhurst (he of the …) were not anyone’s favorites to emerge. And here we are.

No one seemed bent on making any heroic moves on Sunday, so it came down to which teams would find their way. Lehman/Langer joined the eventual winners at the 9th hole. Triplett played the hole to perfection: tee shot into bunker, bunker shot into hole, thank you very much. No birdie putts were holed, and the title belonged to the unlikely pairing of Kirk and Paul.

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