Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay Returning To Full-Time TV Role With NBC After Justin Thomas Split

The popular caddie has a new full-time television gig with NBC Sports, starting at next week’s US Open

Jim 'Bones' Mackay working as an NBC golf announcer in 2021
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Legendary caddie Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay is returning to television on a full-time basis following his split with Justin Thomas in April. 

Mackay will return to the broadcast booth for NBC Sports/Golf Channel’s coverage of the US Open next week.

Sam Flood, the executive producer of NBC Sports and president of production, confirmed that Mackay is back working with the company full-time.

“He will be part of NBC Sports for years to come as we’re going to partner for a long time with him,” Flood said via Golfweek.

Mackay, who is one of the most popular and respected caddies in the sport, first joined NBC in 2017 as an on-course reporter following a successful 25-year spell looping for Phil Mickelson.

He linked up with Thomas in 2021, winning the 2022 PGA Championship together, while still occasionally working in TV. 

On the eve of this year’s Masters, Thomas announced that he was parting ways with Mackay, saying on social media: “While incredibly difficult for me to say, Bones and I have parted ways. I’m going to be forever thankful for him joining me on the bag in 2021."

Speaking to Golfweek about his new role with NBC, Mackay said he “couldn’t be happier about the situation”.

“In terms of where I am in my life this is the perfect scenario for me and I couldn’t be more pleased.”

Mackay said TV will be his main focus going forward, but left the door open for potential caddying duties in the future. 

“Television is my No.1 priority and I’ll do what I did before – if someone is sick or between caddies and needs a guy for a week and it’s not an NBC event, then I’d be happy to help out, but beyond that I will be doing TV primarily as far as what I do for a living.”

Joel Kulasingham
News Writer

Joel Kulasingham is freelance writer for Golf Monthly. He has worked as a sports reporter and editor in New Zealand for more than five years, covering a wide range of sports including golf, rugby and football. He moved to London in 2023 and writes for several publications in the UK and abroad. He is a life-long sports nut and has been obsessed with golf since first swinging a club at the age of 13. These days he spends most of his time watching, reading and writing about sports, and playing mediocre golf at courses around London.