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Who Is Justin Thomas' Caddie?
Time will tell how this will play out but, on paper, the alliance of Justin Thomas and Jim 'Bones' Mackay looks dynamite. Mackay's experience is built predominantly on working with Phil Mickelson for 25 years, a period that saw them capture five majors together. They then split in the middle of 2017 and Mackay spent most of his time working for NBC Sports/Golf Channel.
He also spent a bit of time on Thomas' bag. One of the most significant times Mackay was on the bag was at the WGC-Fedex St Jude Invitational in 2018 - which Thomas won and regained his World No. 1 ranking.
Then, when Jimmy Johnson and Thomas decided to part after six years together, Mackay stepped in.
"It came out of left field very recently," Mackay explained. "I have just tremendous respect for [Thomas] as a person and a player. It was an incredible phone call to get and I said yes."
Thomas said of their early workings together: “He knows my tendencies, I know his,” Thomas said. “He was with his old boss [Phil Mickelson] for a really long time and I was with Jimmy for a really long time and you get used to how the pro and the caddie act, just their mannerisms and stuff. We still have a long ways to go, but we’re getting more and more comfortable.”
One obvious attraction of working with Mackay is his intimate experience of Augusta National which could play a huge part in Thomas adding The Masters to his CV.
Thomas was adamant that he didn't fire Johnson, a partnership that saw them win multiple times and capture the 2017 PGA, and that Johnson came to him after the Ryder Cup and said that he was simply going to purse other opportunities.
Johnson had got together with Thomas after Steve Stricker reduced his playing schedule, he also worked with the likes of Nick Price and Charles Howell.
How Much Does Justin Thomas' Caddie Make?
It was estimated that Jimmy Johnson earned $500,000 in 2020. To put it bluntly Thomas is an absolute cash machine. Say a caddie gets 5 per cent of any finish outside the top 10, 6-8 per cent of a top 10 and 10 per cent of a win that is going to add up very quickly given how much Thomas finishes near the very top of the leaderboard.
You'd also like to think that Thomas was on the generous end of the paymaster bracket and that Mackay is very well looked after with his basic wage.
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Mark has worked in golf for over 20 years having started off his journalistic life at the Press Association and BBC Sport before moving to Sky Sports where he became their golf editor on skysports.com. He then worked at National Club Golfer and Lady Golfer where he was the deputy editor and he has interviewed many of the leading names in the game, both male and female, ghosted columns for the likes of Robert Rock, Charley Hull and Dame Laura Davies, as well as playing the vast majority of our Top 100 GB&I courses. He loves links golf with a particular love of Royal Dornoch and Kingsbarns. He is now a freelance, also working for the PGA and Robert Rock. Loves tour golf, both men and women and he remains the long-standing owner of an horrific short game. He plays at Moortown with a handicap of 6.
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