Phil Mickelson has found a new permanent caddie to replace Jim “Bones” Mackay: his brother, Tim.
Mickelson’s management through Lagardere Sports announced Friday the former Arizona State University men’s golf coach as the five-time major winner’s looper in 2018 and beyond.
Of course, that decision created a complication for Jon Rahm, who had been sharing Tim Mickelson with Phil. Tim Mickelson had resigned his coaching position at ASU and became Rahm’s agent when he turned pro. With the Mickelson brothers together inside the ropes, Rahm has new representation at Lagardere. Steve Loy will be Rahm’s new agent.
“Coach Mickelson will always be important to me and has done many good things to support my career, and I wish him and Phil well in their new partnership,” said Rahm in a release.
Mickelson and Mackay ended their 25-year professional relationship in June, with Mackay seamlessly moving into a broadcasting role with NBC Sports and Golf Channel. Tim Mickelson had filled in for Mickelson since the breakup, and Phil has landed on making him his caddie moving forward.