As the Friday round began to unfold at the WGC Mexico Championship, Phil Mickelson continued to battle at the top of the leader board, unfortunately he had to do so without the only caddie he’s ever had, Jim “Bones” Mackay.
Mackay, who is arguably the most recognizable “looper” of the last 20 years of professional golf, was dealing with stomach issues and had to leave after only a couple of holes in round two.
Bones has left the course, but Phil's brother Tim Mickelson is here to help!
The Mickelsons are currently tied for 2nd. pic.twitter.com/zEK1TLYENs
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 3, 2017
Bones having to leave comes on the heels of what we wrote about with both Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson’s intestinal issues during day one just outside of Mexico City.
Well, it appears there is a very real issue with a stomach virus of some kind, in and around the locker room at Club de Golf Chapultepec.
Tim Mickelson, who is not only Phil’s brother, but the former golf coach at Arizona State, as you see in the video quickly picked up Phil’s bag. Tim has recently left his job at ASU to be the full time manager and agent for his former star player, John Rahm. Rahm is up near the lead on Friday afternoon, as well.
Back to MacKay, he told the Golf Channel that he had felt bad Thursday night and tried to tough it out Friday and hopes to be back Saturday on Phil’s bag.
He has been on Phil’s bag for every single professional win, including his five majors, since Mickelson turned pro in 1992. He said the last time he was not on the bag for a Phil competitive round was the WGC event in Valerrama, Spain in 1999. MacKay is also overcoming double knee replacement surgery from last November.
We obviously wish Bones well, and all the other players, caddies, and staff good luck in avoiding whatever is going around.
Oh, and keep washing your hands, and “don’t drink the water.”
Phil Mickelson spoke to Golf Channel following his round without his long-time caddy.
“Bones is irreplaceable. He’s hurting because it is a difficult course to walk because it is hilly and he had two knees done, but that’s not the issue. He just hasn’t been feeling well,” Mickelson said. “On the positive side, I had a lot of fun with my brother. He did a great job today and he’s a good player in his won right. He’s a scratch player who understands the game and has caddied for many top players. He cam out and did a phenomenal job.”