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

In a surprising turn of events, Justin Thomas has announced that he and caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay have decided to part ways just a week before the Masters. Thomas expressed gratitude for the time they spent together, highlighting the memorable victories they achieved, such as the PGA Championship in 2022, the Presidents Cup, and the Ryder Cups. He acknowledged Mackay’s unwavering support and wisdom both on and off the course, especially during challenging times in his career.

Reports indicate that Thomas has enlisted veteran caddie Matt Minister, who previously worked with Patrick Cantlay, to carry his bag at the upcoming Masters tournament. This marks a change from Mackay, who was brought 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, with a disappointing season in 2023 that saw him miss the FedExCup playoffs and require a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup. Recently, Thomas has shown signs of improvement 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, although his putting performance remains a challenge.

Mackay, who was set to report on the Augusta National Women’s Amateur as an on-course commentator for NBC, has wished Thomas well in his future endeavors. Thomas reciprocated by sharing his best wishes for Mackay and his family

By Aiden Johnson

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