Reuters logo
Corrected - Mickelson caddie streak ends as sick 'Bones' cannot finish
March 3, 2017 / 11:33 PM / 7 months ago

Corrected - Mickelson caddie streak ends as sick 'Bones' cannot finish

Mar 3, 2017; Mexico City, MEX; Phil Mickelson plays his shot from the 18th tee during the second round of the WGC - Mexico Championship golf tournament at Club de Golf Chapultepec. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

(Corrects spelling of Mackay throughout. Deletes reference to two decades in lead. Deletes fifth paragraph regarding MacKay not missing an event since late 1999)

(Reuters) - Phil Mickelson was missing his faithful sidekick on Friday, but was unfazed and stayed in contention to finish the second round two strokes behind leader Rory McIlroy at the WGC-Mexico Championship in Mexico City.

Caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay lasted less than four holes at Club de Golf Chapultepec before calling it a day due to a stomach complaint, but Mickelson did not have to turn far to find a replacement in the form of his brother Tim.

“Bones is invaluable. He is irreplaceable, one of the best in the business, but he’s hurting,” five-times major champion Mickelson told Golf Channel after shooting 68 for a seven-under 135 halfway total.

“It’s a difficult course to walk because it is hilly. He had two knees done (in surgery recently) but that’s not the issue. He just hasn’t been feeling well.”

Mar 2, 2017; Mexico City, MEX; Phil Mickelson plays his shot from the 15th tee during the first round of the WGC - Mexico Championship golf tournament at Club de Golf Chapultepec. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Mackay has been Mickelson’s caddie since 1992 and has missed only a handful of events in their 25-year relationship,

Mickelson said that as much as he missed Mackay, he had found a capable replacement in his brother.

”He’s a good player in his own right, a scratch player, understands the game and has caddied for many top players.

“He does give me the needle but I think that’s so funny and it keeps me relaxed,” the big American left-hander said.

Mickelson did, however, admit there was one drawback from having his brother around.

“The fact he has a few stories about me that I wish he didn’t can be challenging,” he said, a broad grin on his face.

Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Larry Fine

0 : 0
  • narrow-browser-and-phone
  • medium-browser-and-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser
  • wide-browser-and-larger
  • medium-browser-and-landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser-and-larger
  • above-phone
  • portrait-tablet-and-above
  • above-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet-and-above
  • landscape-tablet-and-medium-wide-browser
  • portrait-tablet-and-below
  • landscape-tablet-and-below