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Justin Thomas gifts caddie Bones the major winning memento he never got from Phil Mickelson

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When Jim “Bones” Mackay left the booth (NBC Sports and Golf Channel) to caddie for Justin Thomas in 2021, it was for moments like Sunday’s final round of the PGA Championship.

After Thomas’ disappointing 74 on Saturday, he found himself seven shots back of Mito Pereira. It was Mackay who provided the necessary pep talk to get Thomas refocused on winning the tournament before his Sunday charge.

“I’m fully confident in saying that I wouldn’t be standing here if he didn’t give me that, wasn’t necessarily a speech, but a talk, if you will,” Thomas said. “I just needed to let some steam out. I didn’t need to bring my frustration and anger home with me. I didn’t need to leave the golf course in a negative frame of mind. I just went down, ‘I played pretty well yesterday for shooting 4-over, and I felt like I’d played terrible.’ And he was just like, ‘Dude, you’ve got to be stop being so hard on yourself. You’re in contention every single week we’re playing.”

Bones explained how important it was for Thomas to remain positive and not expect perfection.

Bones continued: “It’s a major championship. You don’t have to be perfect. Just don’t be hard on yourself. Just kind of let stuff happen, and everything is trending in the right direction. So just keep staying positive so that good stuff can happen.”

“I left here in an awesome frame of mind,” Thomas said.

After all was said and done, Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee speculated via Twitter whether Mackay may be the greatest caddie of all time.

“Bones did an unbelievable job of keeping me in the moment,” Thomas said.

The win with Justin Thomas was Mackay’s sixth major championship victory as a caddie. However, this was the first time he was able to take a trophy with him.

Traditionally, the winning flag goes to the caddie as a trophy and token of appreciation. When Bones was on Mickelson’s bag, he hadn’t had an opportunity to receive one.

Mickelson had a tradition where he gave his winning flag from 18 to his grandfather, a former Pebble Beach caddie. The flags would be hung on his kitchen wall, with Mickelson’s first major flag from the 2004 Masters going there, four months after his death.

According to Alan Shipnuck, as detailed in his new book, “Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and unauthorized) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar,” those close to Mackay took that as a sign of disrespect.

“Mackay understood and respected that gesture, but 19 more Tour victories would follow, including four majors and he never got to keep a single flag,” Shipnuck wrote.

“That’s a giant f*** you to a caddie,” Shipnuck quotes a person very close to Mackay. “When Phil wins the Masters, he gets the green jacket, the trophy, the big check, all the glory. He had to take the flags, too? For Phil not to follow the tradition was hugely disrespectful.”

After Mackay and Mickelson split in 2017, Phil finally sent the flags to Bones.

“But Phil autographed them in comically large letters, which Mackay felt disfigured the keepsakes,” Shipnuck reported and noted that Bones never displayed them on the walls of his home.

It seems Mackay is finally going to get to put one of those flags up in his home, and it’s certainly well deserved.

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  1. The Big Man

    Jun 6, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Never is an interesting word. According to David Westin of the Augusta Chronical in an article dated April 10, 2011, Bones is quoted that he had the 2010 flag. “Jim “Bones” Mackay, who has been the caddie for all three of Phil Mickelson’s Masters victories, has the flag from the 2010 triumph, he said.”

  2. Moe Greene

    Jun 3, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Just saying there’s 17 other flags on the course. I’m sure if someone asked one could have been given to Bones.

  3. Jbone

    Jun 3, 2022 at 6:38 am

    If you keep repeating that Phil is bad I guess eventually we have to believe it, right? Repeat the lies over and over again

  4. Jim

    May 28, 2022 at 5:21 am

    It’s hit piece articles like this that show the long arm of the PGA Tour …they’re essentially a mafia.

  5. Larry D Proffer

    May 26, 2022 at 9:00 am

    Matt, I think you are a nasty jackass. Jumping on the ‘Kill Phil’ bandwagon. Journalism school must really be advanced training for assholes.

    • gianni daddy

      Jun 7, 2022 at 5:08 pm

      nobody is worse than gianni mosquito boy, send that illiterate POS back to the worthless EU

  6. Michael Roman

    May 26, 2022 at 7:58 am

    When you think all of this would have not happened if Mito Pereira would have used a 3-wood instead of the driver on the 18th hole on Sunday! Should Mito Pereira have parred that hole, how would this article be written? All of a sudden, Phil is garbage…just like Tiger was…soon to follow is Jack, subject to some writer’s vivid imagination!!! So Bones gets the flags from Phil, all signed and Phil is still the asshole??? Maybe, just maybe, Phil asked Bones if he could give the flag away and Bones agreed??? And what is that flag without a signature, now the”asshole” Phil used too large of a letter to sign his name??? When is this going to stop???For all I know, everytime a fan wanted a signature and a smile from Phil, he would oblige, nobody remembers that anymore???

  7. Wally Detler

    May 25, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Phil is a joke and John Daly is such a disrespectul clown making the PGA look like a gong show.

    Keep Daly out of all PGA events. He’s just a fat weird looking joke. Go away losers.

    • Dally Wetler

      May 26, 2022 at 11:40 am

      Sounds like you may need some therapy there Wally. Put another mask on, you’ll be ok.

    • Carolyn

      May 26, 2022 at 8:33 pm

      Lets all second that….I have witness two total miracles in my life Daly wining the PGA, Daly wining the Open. If you listed the top 100 PGA players in the last 25 years Daly would be between 99 and 100 one tournament away from falling off the list.

  8. frank cichon

    May 25, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    If Rory had a top caddie on his bag I think he would have won the Masters when he slept on a big lead and maybe by 2022 he might have had 8-10 majors under his belt. It is not too ate…I think he is poor at reading greens….needs a caddie that is good at it. With a great caddies I can see Rory winning 1-2 majors per year for the next few years. Friends for caddies just do not work on the Tour.

    • Ronnie Mundt

      May 26, 2022 at 11:39 am

      How could Rory win so many more majors with all the young up and coming future multiple major winners we’ve anointed here in the comments. I mean how was he supposed to top Cameron Champs 6-10 titles? You cant compete with that. And when Scottie Sheffler gets hot again, he’s gonna win 13 more himself. Rors is done.

  9. john f macdonald

    May 25, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    nobody remembers a Daytona or F1 pit crew member,bat boy , team trainer, but suddenly, we know a small handfull of wannabe famous caddies. Can we start a gofund me page?

    • That guy

      May 25, 2022 at 2:36 pm

      Take it easy, Phil.. It’s not just about you, you know

      • Thomas Woodward

        May 25, 2022 at 6:24 pm

        Phil is a very gifted golfer and has the track record to back it up. However, he has many ON course and even MORE off course blunders that casts shade onto his legacy. Make no mistake, when it comes to his feud with the PGA Tour of media rights, he’s 100% correct, but where he failed is HOW he went about a course of action to voice his displeasure of their longtime tyrannistic and overreaching operation of the PGA Tour….

        • That Guy again

          May 26, 2022 at 10:57 pm

          I don’t have any qualms on his talents & I agree that he’s basically his own enemy. My point here is the fact our dear John here disregards the plights of Bones. If Phil & his kinds didn’t wanna share & can’t help being dicks to others then they’re more than welcome to carry their own bags. Quick note Johnny, caddies are humans too.

  10. Gary

    May 25, 2022 at 10:29 am

    I am having a really hard time with the attacks on Phil. He gave flags to his grandfather. I’d say that was a pretty decent, nice and emotional thing to do. “Bones” was with Mickelson for a lot of years and made a hell of a lot of money. I guess only now it bothers him that he didn’t get the flags. Total BS and sour grapes.

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  12. Stee Mata

    May 24, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Never again phil will I follow you through 18 holes, being from the golf capital in Carlsbad Ca. You’ve lost a lot more than you think. Stinky little monkey.

  13. Thomas Woodward

    May 24, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    It’s SHOCKING to now know Phil “disrespected his long time caddy “Bones” in more ways than one regarding tradition AND PAYING him for his services, loyalty, and PATIENCE. Granted Phil is a SUPER talent with a golf club in his hand, BUT he has demonstrated MANY, MANY times over at making extremely poor decisions ON and off the course….

  14. gary j hidalgo

    May 24, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    Wow. What an ass. Grampa was gone and he still kept them. Tradition means nothing to a narcissist. Do we really need him in golf. I think hes mafe it clear. Hes not hall of fame material. Imho

  15. Jerry

    May 24, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    F Fhil. Weirdo phony.

    • Skeet Blastenyall

      May 25, 2022 at 1:17 am

      I get the FEELING that you are THE type of guy THAT would USE emojis to drive the POINT home if given the CHANCE.

      • Skeet Blastenyall

        May 25, 2022 at 1:18 am

        Sorry Jerry, this was MEANT as a REPLY to Thomas WOODward.

        • Thomas Woodward

          May 25, 2022 at 6:19 pm

          Yo Skeet with the 2″ meat.Whatever truthfully drives home the point in ANY conversation is “fair game”. So in that regard, what is YOUR’S since you have a problem with my post. IMHO, you have to be an indoctro-procto oxygen waster in life to even post such an immature rebuttal. In closing, SIGNS of the times. AS America gets ten times dumber with each passing generation the PROOF shows up on open forums…

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  17. Tucker Robertson

    May 24, 2022 at 7:50 am

    Shipnuk continues in an auspicious line of journalists criticizing and framing narratives. Works even in golf.

  18. Roscoe Brown

    May 23, 2022 at 3:04 pm

    I’m guessing Bones got paid, too, another ‘tradition’ Phil had trouble with.

    • Joe

      May 29, 2022 at 6:45 pm

      Maybe, maybe not. It sounds like he may have forgotten to write a couple of checks to his caddie.

  19. Buck Nekkid

    May 23, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    Phil sounds like a giant cunt who gets cuntier with every recent story.

  20. Chuck

    May 23, 2022 at 1:54 pm

    JT certainly has a great caddy with Bones. JT happens to have had another great caddy before Bones, and that was Jimmy Johnson. It would be easy to say that JT is really fortunate to have had those two guys. It’s also true that two of arguably the best caddies in the game sought out JT. Which says everything about JT.

  21. Chuck

    May 23, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    There are seemingly more rotten stories about Phil than ever these days. To me, this one rates as one of the most rotten.

    “But Phil autographed them in comically large letters, which Mackay felt disfigured the keepsakes…”

    I’ll never claim that Phil is just dumb. Which is why he doesn’t get a pass on this, and why it makes all that much worse.

  22. The domestic donkey

    May 23, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    What did Kuch give his caddie….nada….Kdouuuuuuuuuuuche, Kdouuuuuuuuuuuuuuche, Kdouuuuuuche…

  23. The Big Donkey

    May 23, 2022 at 10:35 am

    What did Matt Kuchar give his caddie for his last win? Nada….Kdouuuuuuuuuuuche, Kdouuuuuuuuuuuche, Kdouuuuuuuuuuuche. #dbag

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The likely reason why some LIV players are resigning their PGA Tour membership and Mickelson has not

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Despite CEO of LIV Golf Greg Norman saying that it was unnecessary, most of the golfers who have decided to join LIV have resigned their PGA Tour membership.

Kevin Na was the first to publicly announce his resignation from the PGA Tour, to which Norman told the Associated Press:

“I’m a bit surprised, actually. The players don’t have to resign from the Tour. That was Kevin’s decision for whatever reason he wanted to make it. I respect the man for making a bold decision. I respect the person for wanting to come on board with us, because he knows he has a great opportunity with LIV.”

“I’ll applaud him for it, but he didn’t have to, from our behalf, because LIV would be there (for him). Like I’ve always said, we’re going to back up the players. I’ll back up the players as much as I need to, to give them their rights to be able to do whatever they want to do as independent contractors.”

Na’s reasoning for resigning is seemingly to avoid any disciplinary action from the PGA Tour.

In the statement he made on Saturday, the 38-year-old used the words “rather than face potential discipline and/or legal action.” He also stated that he “wanted the ‘freedom to play wherever I want and exercising my right as a free agent gives me that opportunity.’”

In regard to Na’s resignation, Golf Digest’s Dan Rapaport said: “Word on the street is Kevin Na will keep his PGA Tour pension despite leaving for LIV. By “resigning” he takes away the possibility of punishment; basically a retirement from the tour, so normal that he’s still entitled to his post-career benefits. Strategic decision.”

Yesterday, more players resigned from the PGA Tour including Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace, Charl Schwartzel and Graeme McDowell.

It’s likely that these players have the same reason for resigning from the PGA Tour as Na does, with the best way to avoid punishment from the PGA Tour seemingly to be by no longer being a member of the PGA Tour.

In another bombshell today, former world number one Dustin Johnson also resigned from the PGA Tour.

“It’s hard to speak on what the consequences might be but I’ve resigned my membership of the Tour and that’s the plan for now,'” Johnson said at his pre-tournament press conference at the Centurion Club, while outlining his intention to compete at golf’s four majors, which could be the primary motivator for DJ’s resignation.

Golfweek’s Eamon Lynch speculated that players giving up their Tour card was likely the best way to ensure that they can compete in the majors “That in turn removes the most likely basis on which the USGA might have prevented them playing the U.S. Open this month.”

While the majority of the golfers making the switch to LIV are resigning their Tour cards, there’s one who is adamant about keeping his: Phil Mickelson, who outlined his reason why to Sports Illustrated’s Bob Harig:

“I have not resigned my membership. I worked really hard to earn that lifetime membership. And I’m hopeful that I’ll have the ability to play wherever I want, where it’s the PGA Tour, LIV or wherever else I want.’’

Eamon Lynch also laid out the case for why Mickelson may be attempting to hold on to his Tour card, telling Golf Channel:

“This relationship with the USGA has always been combative, it’s a hostile relationship, and I probably think that he knows that the USGA would not necessarily be that keen on seeing Phil here. They don’t want the circus of what’s going to go on around it, and I think Phil would probably enjoy bringing that circus, and he’s also putting himself out there as the potential plaintiff in chief for the Saudis here. As to settle the question of what the status of LIV players will be in the majors.”

Should the PGA Tour discipline Mickelson the situation may well end up as a court case that could determine plenty.

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‘Eager to cash his conscience for a check’ – Leading analyst savages Mickelson’s LIV statement

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After a wild day which saw Phil Mickelson finally commit to join LIV Golf, Golfweek columnist and Golf Channel leading analyst Eamon Lynch has slammed Lefty in an explosive putdown.

Never afraid of making his views known on social media, most recently his cynicism surrounding the LIV golf series and its associates, Lynch while speaking on Golf Channel claims that the 51-year-old’s “competitive career on the PGA Tour is essentially over.”

Following the report on Mickelson’s gambling issues, Lynch puts the boot in:

“This is his new reality, that he has a gambling issue, that his competitive career on the PGA Tour is essentially over. That he’s beholden to the Saudis and that he’s not only willing but eager to cash his conscience for a check.”

Referring to comments made in Alan Shipnuck’s now-famed unauthorized biography, Lynch says,

“And let’s not forget here, Phil Mickelson was explicit on the record talking about how the Saudis were murderers and human rights abusers.

And he’s put out a statement saying how he’s worked on becoming a better person and a better man. And if his idea of becoming a better man is to become a willing stooge for Saudi sportswashing for murderers and human rights abusers, then it doesn’t say much about the man he was beforehand.”

Lynch has been openly critical of Dustin Johnson’s move to the rebel league, tweeting a report headlined, “Dustin Johnson was presented a test of character by the Saudis. Unsurprisingly, he failed it.”

Speaking of yet another headline act in the Saudi/PGA/USGA battle of morals and money, Lynch says,

“This relationship with the USGA has always been combative, it’s a hostile relationship, and I probably think that he knows that the USGA would not necessarily be that keen on seeing Phil here. They don’t want the circus of what’s going to go on around it, and I think Phil would probably enjoy bringing that circus, and he’s also putting himself out there as the potential plaintiff in chief for the Saudis here. As to settle the question of what the status of LIV players will be in the majors.”

Hinting that Mickelson is the key to the future of golf as we know it, Lynch suggests, Phil has status to play all four major championships right now, and if he’s the guy to be kicked out, then he becomes their plaintiff.”

“The bodies that run the majors are very much in lockstep with what they believe to be the best for the future of the game, and there is no daylight between them and the PGA Tour on that. But how quickly they can align behind the PGA Tour is really the unknown question here. I don’t think they’re in a hurry to do that until they see how the legal aspects of this are going to play out because whatever action the PGA Tour takes, you’re almost certain that’s going to trigger litigation by players, by LIV and we’ll see where the chips fall then.”

After months of Mickelson insisting the players are making a choice, that he was using the Saudi league as leverage against the PGA Tour, it appears that, according to the much-respected reporter, he may in fact be the stooge for his paymasters.

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Dustin Johnson RESIGNS from PGA Tour making him ineligible for future Ryder Cups

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On Tuesday morning, Dustin Johnson confirmed that he had resigned his PGA Tour membership.

In a press conference in the UK ahead of the opening LIV Golf Series, the former World Number One broke the news, admitting that he was unsure of what the consequences of his decision would entail.

Johnson also revealed that he planned on playing the four majors unless he hears otherwise, but the 37-year-old will now be ineligible to compete in future Ryder Cups.

Asked if the decision was a big one for him, DJ told media:

“It was. But hopefully, all things are subject to change, and we’ll be able to participate. If it doesn’t, then it was another thing that I’ve really had to think long and hard about, and ultimately I decided to come do this and play out here and like I said I’m excited about it.

Obviously, the Ryder Cup is unbelievable, and it’s definitely meant a lot to me, and I’m proud to say that I’ve played and represented my country. and hopefully, I get a chance to do that again, but I don’t make the rules.”

One reporter suggested that people will say that Johnson ultimately chose money over his country, to which the multiple major champ said: “I’ve chosen what’s best for me and my family.”

The news comes off the back of an interview published Monday, where Mickelson explained to Sports Illustrated’s Bob Harig why he had not resigned his PGA Tour membership:

“I have not resigned my membership. I worked really hard to earn that lifetime membership. And I’m hopeful that I’ll have the ability to play wherever I want, where it’s the PGA Tour, LIV or wherever else I want.’’

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