Saturday, March 04, 2017

Mickelson's brother steps in when caddie

Mackay retires sick with Mexico bug

Phil Mickelson was forced to change his caddie mid-round during day two of the WGC-Mexico Championship.
Jim "Bones" Mackay lasted just three holes before having to leave the course due to a stomach virus, which has affected several players at Chapultepec Golf Club.
Fortunately for Mickelson, his brother Tim had been alerted to the problem and was on hand to take over on the bag for his sibling.

Mickelson mixed four birdies with a solitary bogey to card a three-under 68 in Mexico City, seeing him head in to the weekend as part of a three-way tie for second.
"He's irreplaceable, he's one of the best in the business," Mickelson said of Mackay. "He's so good at club selection and here at altitude that's where he is invaluable, but he's hurting.
"Bones" caddied for Mickelson during the 2016 Ryder Cup           

"But on the positive side I had a lot of fun with my brother. He's a good player in his own right, a scratch player who understands the game and has caddied for many top players.
"He does give me the needle but I think that's so funny and keeps me relaxed. He has a few stories about me that I wish he didn't which can be challenging, but he's fun to be around."
Mackay has been Mickelson's caddie since 1992 and has missed only a handful of events in their 25-year relationship.



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