Justin Thomas splits from caddie Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay in pre-Masters shocker

Justin Thomas has made a shocking change just a week before the 2024 Masters.

The two-time PGA Championship winner announced Wednesday that he and caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay have parted ways after two-and-a-half years together.

“While incredibly difficult for me to say, Bones and I have parted ways,” Thomas wrote in a post on X. “I’m going to be forever thankful for him joining me on the bag in 2021. The things we’ve been able to accomplish together – The PGA Championship in 2022, The Presidents Cup, The Ryder Cups were all unforgettable experiences. His wisdom on and off the course has been a blessing during a tough stretch of my career and he was there every step of the way.

“I know there are great things coming for both of us down the road. I wish him the best of luck and will always count him and his family amongst my friends.”


Justin Thomas (r.) announced he and caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay (l.) have parted ways.
Justin Thomas (r.) announced he and caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay (l.) have parted ways. Getty Images

Thomas did not say who his new caddie will be.

Mackay, Phil Mickelson’s former longtime caddie, was on the bag for Thomas when he defeated Will Zalatoris in a playoff to win the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills.

However, Thomas is coming off a brutal 2023 in which he missed the FedEx Cup playoffs and missed the cut at the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open; he finished tied for 65th at the PGA Championship.


Justin Thomas (r.) and caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay during the Genesis Invitational on Feb. 14, 2024.
Justin Thomas (r.) and caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay during the Genesis Invitational on Feb. 14, 2024. Getty Images

The 30-year-old did get off to a strong start in 2024 with top-12 finishes at the American Express, the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the Phoenix Open.

He then missed the cut at the Genesis Invitational, finished tied for 12th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, missed the cut at the Players Championship and finished tied for 64th at the Valspar Championship.


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