Surprising Change: Justin Thomas Parts Ways with Caddie Jim Mackay, Announces New Partner for the Masters

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

Golf Channel insider Todd Lewis reported that Justin Thomas has enlisted veteran caddie Matt Minister, who previously worked with Patrick Cantlay, to caddie for him at the upcoming Masters tournament in his quest to secure his first green jacket. Thomas, a 15-time Tour winner, brought Mackay on board in 2021 after his stint as an on-course reporter for NBC Sports. Before that, Thomas had collaborated with veteran caddie Jimmy Johnson.

In a surprising development just one week before the Masters, Justin Thomas announced on Wednesday that he and caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay have decided to part ways. Thomas expressed his gratitude for Mackay’s time on his bag in 2021 and the success they achieved together, including winning the PGA Championship in 2022, participating in the Presidents Cup and Ryder Cups. Thomas acknowledged Mackay’s guidance and support during a challenging phase of his career and stated that he was grateful for his presence throughout.

Despite this progress, Thomas struggles with his putting, ranking outside the top 150 in strokes gained: putting. However, he has shown improvement recently with eight top-12 finishes since last fall, focusing on refining his approach play with the help of his father, Mike. While Thomas and Mackay enjoyed success together, their time was marked by challenges as Thomas experienced a subpar season in 2023, missing the FedExCup playoffs and requiring a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup.

Thomas expressed his optimism for both his and Mackay’s futures and emphasized his appreciation for their time together. He wished Mackay and his family the best while thanking him for all their hard work together over the past two years.

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