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What caused Jim Bones Mackay and Phil Mickelson to separate? Have they reconciled after their dramatic split?


The weekend of the Ryder Cup is dedicated to providing entertainment for the golfing community. The event upholds the utmost excellence in terms of golfing performance. What sets the Ryder Cup apart is the strong desire from both the American and European teams to claim the ultimate patriotic title for their respective countries.

As the Ryder Cup is approaching its conclusion, the intense competitions on and off the golf course are becoming increasingly prominent. A recent dispute that has surfaced involves Justin Thomas’ current caddy, Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay, and Europe’s top player, Rory McIlroy, in the parking lot. Mackay used to work as a caddy for Phil Mickelson, but they ended their partnership on a negative note earlier this year. Let’s revisit the feud.

What caused the split between Jim Bones Mackay and Phil Mickelson?

Phil Mickelson and his caddy, Mackay, were a team for 25 years until they amicably went their separate ways in April. During a press conference, Mickelson clarified that their decision was not based on one specific event, but rather the need for a new direction.

Phil Mickelson made a number of commitments to his caddie regarding how much of the bonuses he earned at different events would be given to him. However, he did not fulfill his promise to pay his caddy his share for almost ten years.

Based on Mackay’s computations, the LIV Golf deserter has a debt of $900,000 to him. It was also mentioned that Phil Mickelson gave him $400,000 towards the outstanding FedEx Cup debt. However, Bones was dissatisfied with not receiving the entire amount.

Mackay grew increasingly irritated with Mickelson’s tendency to arrive late at the golf course, which went against the expectations of a professional caddie-player dynamic. Furthermore, Mickelson was not always open to Mackay’s guidance, causing further strain between them.

Attempting to mitigate any negative consequences at the conclusion.

In a press conference, Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay expressed his desire for Phil Mickelson’s success, despite the events that took place between the player and caddy.

“Fans of golf had a funny response as the former caddie of Tiger Woods was involved in a hostile altercation during the Ryder Cup. Don’t make a mistake!”

In the same vein, Phil Mickelson shared his appreciation for Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay, stating that he has had a significant and meaningful impact on his life since they first crossed paths. He will always be thankful for Bones’ contributions to his career.

It is evident that they still have a strong admiration for each other. Did the story touch your heart? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Why did Jim Bones Mackay and Phil Mickelson part ways? Are they still communicating after their dramatic separation?