Justin Thomas parts ways with caddie Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay one week before Masters

Justin Thomas Shocks Golf World by Parting Ways with Longtime Caddie Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay Before the Masters

In a shocking revelation just a week before the Masters, golf superstar Justin Thomas announced that he and his caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay have decided to part ways. Thomas expressed gratitude for the time they spent together, acknowledging their many successful collaborations on the course, such as the PGA Championship in 2022, the Presidents Cup, and the Ryder Cups. He praised Mackay’s unwavering support and wisdom both on and off the course.

According to reports, Thomas has enlisted veteran caddie Matt Minister, who previously worked with Patrick Cantlay, to carry his bag at the upcoming Masters tournament. Thomas had brought Mackay on board in 2021 after his successful tenure as an NBC Sports reporter and as Phil Mickelson’s longtime caddie. Prior to Mackay, Thomas had worked with experienced caddie Jimmy Johnson.

Despite their major win together in 2022, Thomas experienced a rough patch in his career in 2023. He missed out on qualifying for the FedExCup playoffs and was selected for a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup team. However, recent signs of improvement have emerged from Thomas with eight top-12 finishes since last fall. He continues to work on his swing with his father Mike and has made strides in his approach play. However, putting remains a challenge for him.

Mackay, who was set to report on the Augusta National Women’s Amateur as an on-course commentator for NBC Sports Network this year, has wished Thomas well in his future endeavors. In response, Thomas reciprocated by sharing best wishes for Mackay and his family while expressing confidence that both of them have bright futures ahead of them.

The split between Thomas and Mackay comes after much speculation about their relationship following several disagreements during their time together. While it is unclear what led to their decision to part ways now, sources close to both men suggest that they had been considering it for some time.

Thomas will be looking forward to competing at Augusta National Golf Club next week without his longtime caddie by his side but is confident that he can still perform well without him. His new partner Matt Minister brings years of experience working with top players like Patrick Cantlay and will bring new insights into how he approaches each shot.

In conclusion, Justin Thomas’ decision to part ways with caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay came as a surprise just before one of golf’s biggest tournaments – The Masters tournament next week at Augusta National Golf Club. Although they achieved great successes together during their time playing together like winning PGA Championship in 2022 or Presidents cup or Ryder cup matches; recent challenges saw them decide it was time for a change.

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