LOS ANGELES • Five-time Major champion Phil Mickelson announced on Tuesday that he has split with caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay after working together for 25 years and 41 professional triumphs.
The 47-year-old left-hander and the bagman he met at the 1992 US Open sectional qualifying in Memphis parted ways as friends, each releasing a statement saying as much.
"Our decision is not based on a single incident. We just feel it's the right time for a change," Mickelson said. "My relationship and history with Bones far exceeds golf," he continued, adding that he looks to forward to "sharing life and friendship" forever.
The American has not won a title since the 2013 British Open.
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Mickelson's younger brother Tim, 39, will take over as caddie for the remainder of the season, starting with his next event, the PGA Greenbrier Classic from July 6-9.
Tim, the former golf coach at Arizona State University, and now an agent for Spaniard Jon Rahm, filled in for a day when Mackay was sick at a World Golf Championships event in Mexico earlier this year.
"After an amazing 25-year run, Phil and I have mutually decided to go our separate ways," said Mackay, who this year has been recovering from double knee replacement surgery. "Player-caddie relationships don't often last that long. I will always be grateful that I was around to witness so much of Phil's career."
Mickelson's success made Mackay's dream come true.
"When Phil hired me in 1992, I had one dream: To caddie in a Ryder Cup. Last year, at Hazeltine (National), Phil played in his 11th straight Ryder Cup. It was so cool to have a front-row seat," he said.
"I wish Phil nothing but the best. His game is still at an elite level, and when he wins in the future (definitely the Masters), I will be among the first to congratulate him."