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Phil Mickelson’s former caddie Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay finally gets plaudits after Justin Thomas win

“I’m fully confident in saying that I wouldn’t be standing here if Bones didn’t give me – it wasn’t necessarily a speech, but a talk, if you will,” Thomas stated, detailing Mackay’s rallying cry on Saturday night time after the world No 5 had seemingly shot his manner out of rivalry with a 74.

“I just needed to let some steam out,” Thomas added. “I didn’t have to take my frustration and anger house with me. I simply went down. I informed him: ‘I shot four-over and I played terrible.’

“And he was just like: ‘Dude, you’ve got to stop being so hard on yourself. You’re in contention every single week we’re playing. This is a major. You don’t have to be perfect.  Don’t be hard on yourself, let stuff happen and keep staying positive so that good stuff can happen.’ I left here in an awesome frame of mind. It set me up for what transpired.”

The pair linked up final year when Thomas persuaded Mackay to surrender his function as an analyst for US community the Golf Channel. “I told my wife if Justin Thomas ever calls me, I’ve got some thinking to do,” Mackay stated. “Because there’s something about him as a person and a player that I really, really like. Not in a million years did I think it was going to come around. But he was the one.”

This was their first victory collectively and it was clearly overdue. The former world No 1 had racked up 10 top-10s since his win at The Players 14 months in the past and, with Mackay at his facet, they’ve ominous momentum going into the season’s last two majors, with the US Open in three weeks’ time and the Open 4 weeks after that.

However, there may be one other motivator as properly. Thomas has grow to be Tiger Woods’ closest pal on Tour and thus has grow to be the sparring accomplice of a golfer famend for his love of banter.

“I talked to Tiger a little on Saturday night after he withdrew and asked how he was feeling,” Thomas stated. “He replied that he was feeling horrible as a result of my identify stored dropping on the leaderboard. So I used to be like: ‘Thanks, good to talk to you too, I’ll talk to you later.’

“I think now I only have 150 other things to do that he’s done to where he can stop giving me grief. So I guess it’s just a stepping stone.”

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