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Justin Thomas has lured Jim “Bones” Mackay away from his complete-time broadcasting work to be his comprehensive-time caddie.
“It came out of remaining area incredibly a short while ago,” Mackay informed Golfing Channel. “I have just remarkable respect for him as a man or woman and a participant. It was an unbelievable phone call to get and I claimed certainly.
“I enjoy to caddie and I cherished my job with NBC/Golfing Channel, but it is Justin Thomas.”
Mackay will still function for Golf Channel on a confined basis.
Thomas, the sixth-ranked participant in the globe who won the Players Championship in March and was a member of the victorious U.S. Ryder Cup, parted techniques with longtime caddie Jimmy Johnson, who had been with Thomas considering the fact that he turned professional in 2015.
“Jimmy and I had an incredible operate of 6 several years collectively but we have agreed to go our different techniques,” Thomas stated in a Twitter post on Thursday afternoon. “I 100% did not fire him, as Jimmy came to me soon after the Ryder Cup and advised me he has made the decision to go after other possibilities.
“… I’ll normally respect all the achievement and occasions we experienced together, I desire him all the very best.”
Past 12 months, Mackay subbed for Johnson on two events when he was sick, which includes for a victory at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational and then the adhering to 7 days at the PGA Championship.
Mackay caddied for Phil Mickelson for 25 years by the summer time of 2017 prior to going to perform for NBC/Golfing Channel as an on-program reporter.
Johnson before this 12 months was inducted into the Caddie Corridor of Fame at the BMW Championship. Prior to Thomas, he worked for Steve Stricker and Nick Value and the moment performed skillfully on the South African Tour.