Following 25 years of caddying for Phil Mickelson, Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay is trading in a yardage book for a microphone.
Mackay joined NBC Sports and Golf Channel on a multi-year deal to be an on-course reporter, the company announced on Thursday. He will start his new gig at the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in two weeks and will also be a part of coverage of the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Presidents Cup. He is expected to work a full schedule of events in 2018.
“This is a great day,” Mackay said. “I’m absolutely overjoyed. It’s something I could only dream of in the past.
Mackay tested out his on-course reporting skills at the 2015 RSM Classic when Tommy Roy, the lead golf producer for NBC Sports, brought him in to add something special to the telecast. The experiment worked out well, but Mackay remained on Mickelson’s bag until the pair mutually parted ways last month.
Mackay understands there is a lot to learn – not chewing gum while on camera is an immediate change he and Roy joke about – but the excitement of the moment is his main emotion.
“(The Open Championship) is my favorite tournament,” Mackay said. “I can’t wait to get my feet on the ground, I have so much to learn. July 20 can’t get here fast enough.”
As for the split with Mickelson, Mackay has nothing but positive feelings for his former boss. He texted him prior to his first round at this week’s Greenbrier Classic to wish him well.
“I’ve said for a while that I believe he will win on the PGA Tour into his 50s,” Mackay said. “The bottom line is that he is going to win tournaments again.”
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