GULLANE, Scotland – For more than two decades Jim “Bones” Mackay has been by Phil Mickelson’s side, through the good (like Sunday’s British breakthrough at Muirfield) and the bad (like the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot).
As his man was walking in his 12-footer for birdie at the 18th hole late Sunday to put the finishing touches on a closing-nine 32 for a three-stroke victory, the longtime caddie couldn’t hold back the tears.
“After you work with a guy for 21 years, it’s pretty cool when you see him play the best round of golf he’s ever played in the last round of the British Open,” an emotional Mackay said.
Mackay has been on Lefty’s bag for his entire Hall of Fame career and rated Mickelson’s closing 66 as his best.
Mackay is considered one of the best in the PGA Tour caddie yard, but early Sunday it was his boss who was offering the advice.
“He did say to me on first tee, ‘Hey why don’t you slow down,’” Mackay smiled.