Justin Thomas and caddie Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay part ways just a week before the Masters

Justin Thomas Shakes Up Caddie Roster Ahead of Masters, Ends Partnership with ‘Bones’ Mackay Amid Challenges on Course

Golf Channel insider Todd Lewis reported that Justin Thomas has enlisted veteran caddie Matt Minister to caddie for him at the upcoming Masters tournament. Thomas, a 15-time Tour winner, previously collaborated with veteran caddie Jimmy Johnson before bringing on board his current caddie, Jim “Bones” Mackay. While Thomas and Mackay enjoyed success together, their time was marked by challenges as Thomas experienced a subpar season in 2023. Despite this progress, Thomas struggles with his putting, ranking outside the top 150 in strokes gained: putting.

Justin Thomas announced on Wednesday that he and caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay have decided to part ways just one week before the Masters. The two had been working together since 2021 after Thomas’s stint as an on-course reporter for NBC Sports following a long partnership with Phil Mickelson. Prior to that, Thomas had collaborated with veteran caddie Jimmy Johnson. Although they experienced some challenges during their time together, including a subpar season in 2023 where Thomas missed the FedExCup playoffs and required a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup, their partnership yielded significant success including winning the PGA Championship in 2022 and participating in both the Presidents Cup and Ryder Cups.

Thomas expressed his gratitude for Mackay’s guidance and support during this challenging phase of his career and acknowledged his presence throughout. He also wished Mackay and his family all the best while expressing optimism for both their futures. As he prepares to compete at the Masters tournament in pursuit of securing his first green jacket, Thomas is focusing on refining his approach play with help from his father Mike and is confident that he will continue to improve despite still struggling with putting which ranks him outside of top 150 in strokes gained: putting.

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