Mickelson, 25-year caddie switch courses

June 21, 2017
In this June 11, 2015, file photo, Phil Mickelson, left, talks with his caddie Jim Mackay on the eighth tee during the first round of the St Jude Classic golf tournament in Memphis, Tennessee. Mickelson and his caddie have decided to part ways after 25 years of one of the most famous player-caddie relationships on the PGA Tour.

TOGETHER for 25 years and more than 600 golf tournaments, Phil Mickelson and caddie Jim 'Bones' Mackay are moving on.

In a surprising email just two days after the US Open that Mickelson didn't play, they said the decision to part ways was mutual and not based on any one incident.

"We just feel it's the right time for a change," Mickelson said.

They were apart the last time they were together. Mickelson was home in California to attend his daughter's high school graduation, while Mackay was at Erin Hills in Wisconsin taking notes and scouting the course just in case a weather delay would have allowed Mickelson to make his tee time.

"Player-caddie relationships don't often last that long," Mackay said. "I will always be grateful that I was around to witness so much of Phil's career."

Mackay previously caddied for Larry Mize and Scott Simpson when he was hired in 1992 to work for Mickelson, who had won a PGA Tour event while at Arizona State. Their first event was a U.S. Open qualifier, and Mickelson shot rounds of 69-63.

They were together for 45 victories worldwide, including five majors, and every Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup team since 1994.

Mackay is not retiring as a caddie, though he had no immediate plans.