Phil Mickelson’s long-time caddie Jim “Bones” MacKay is joining NBC and Golf Channel as an on-course reporter.
According to a report by Tim Rosaforte of Golf Channel and Golf Digest, Bones has signed a multi-year deal to work as an on-course reporter for NBC/Golf Channel. His first event will be the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in two weeks.
“When Phil and I split up, several people got in touch,” Mackay said Tuesday in explaining how this career change happened in 16 days. “People have been nice enough over the years to say something to me about how they thought (broadcasting) was something maybe I could do at some point in my life. It was always something I’d say thank you to, and personally thought about. When Phil and I split, I got several phone calls, and it became a bigger opportunity, really seriously, the last few weeks.”
MacKay wouldn’t rule out being a caddie again in the future, telling Rosaforte, “I don’t think it rules anything out. I’m going be working 20-odd weeks a year. I think being a caddie is always going to be in blood, but right now it’s one thing at a time.”
Mackay will also work the Presidents Cup as well as several postseason events culminating with the Tour Championship. He is expected to have a full schedule of events with Golf Channel and NBC in 2018
Mickelson and MacKay were a team for twenty five years since Phil came on the PGA Tour.
Mickelson’s brother, Tim, will be on the bag the rest of the year, starting with today’s Greenbrier Classic.