Phil Mickelson and caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay have been working together since 1992.
After 25 years of partnership, a strong bond has developed between these two on and off the golf course. So it’s funny that both needed surgery during the off season to ensure that they would both be ready to compete for the next year.
Phil told the world all of the gruesome details of his two sports hernia surgeries, but what you may not know is that Bones needed double knee replacements around the same time. Pretty extensive surgery for someone who needs to walk constantly for his job.
Bones told PGATour.com that Phil gave his doctor a pep talk before he went under the knife.
“Phil called my doctor the day before the surgery and he goes, hey, man, I need your best tomorrow.”
That’s a lot of pressure to put on a doctor, but he must be used to it because all three of them are members at Whisper Rock Golf Club in Scottsdale. He was definitely in good hands, and the surgery went swimmingly thanks to some encouragement from Lefty.
The two are competing in their fourth consecutive tournament this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. They’ve come a long way and after 25 years, they weren’t going to let a bit of surgery get in the way of their game.
They’re coming off of a strong start to 2017 with T-21, T-16 and T-14 finishes. Whether it’s the PGA Tour or Champions Tour, I don’t think these two will ever separate.
We’re happy Lefty and Bones are healthy! Celebrate with the pros: