Having caddied for Phil Mickelson throughout his Hall of Fame career, Jim 'Bones' Mackay has seen his man play thousands of competitive rounds all over the world, including a near-59 earlier this year in Phoenix. According to Mackay, though, Sunday's final-round 66 at Muirfield to win the British Open sits at the top of Mickelson's all-time list.
'He did everything; there was absolutely nothing more that he could do,' Mackay explained in an interview with the 'Dan Patrick Show' Tuesday. 'I don't think there's any question that it's far and away the best one I've seen him play.'
Beginning the day five shots behind Lee Westwood, Mickelson carded six birdies against just one bogey, shooting the low round of the day and beating the Sunday course average by more than seven shots en route to a three-stroke margin of victory. After Mickelson holed his final putt for birdie on the 18th green to essentially secure the title, his on-course partner was clearly overcome by the moment.
'It was really emotional for me because I've caddied for him his entire career,' noted Mackay. 'To see this guy go through this entire process, the wins and the near-wins ... to win in such great fashion on an iconic course just kind of got the best of me.'
Mackay also spoke to the often-delicate relationship between player and caddie, noting that the bond he and Mickelson have forged has been integral to the many victories they have shared.
'I work for a guy who's not a blamer. He takes all the responsibility for what goes on out there,' he added. 'That's an amazing environment to work in, but it also speaks to why he's so successful.'
Watch full video of Mackay's interview with Dan Patrick below: