End of an Era
After 25 years together, Phil Mickelson and caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay have decided to split up and go their separate ways. Golf’s version of Bert and Ernie made the unexpected announcement in a pair of emails on Tuesday, less than 48 hours after the conclusion of the first US Open that Mickelson had missed in over 20 years. “Our decision is not based on a single incident,” both players wrote. “We just feel it’s the right time for a change.” Bones has looped for the southpaw since 1992 and has played an instrumental part in 41 of Mickelson’s 42 PGA Tour wins and all five of his major victories. “My relationship and history with Bones far exceeds golf,” Mickelson explained in his e-mail. “He has been one of the most important and special people in my life since the day we met and I will always be grateful for everything he has done for me.” Mickelson also stated that whoever Bones works for next will “obviously be very lucky,” alluding to the notion that Mackay, who had both of his knees replaced in 2016, is unlikely to retire at any time in the near future. Lefty’s brother, Tim, will replace Bones on Mickelson’s bag for the remainder of the season.
Out of the Dark
Tuesday turned out to be a big day for golf headlines, as the PGA Tour announced a couple of big changes to its current drug policy. In addition to administering mandatory urine tests next season, the PGA Tour will now also be checking for human growth hormone (HGH) use amongst its players by subjecting them to random blood tests. Additionally, in an effort to add more transparency to player suspensions, the PGA Tour announced that it would also be disclosing player suspensions resulting from recreational drug use. It should be noted however, that Commissioner Jay Monahan still reserves the right to not disclose said results, if he deems the infraction to be too minor to warrant a suspension. Many PGA Tour players are on board with the changes, including Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed, who have both spoken out in the past about the need for more thorough drug testing on the tour. “The more you can test to make sure guys aren’t taking banned substances, the better,” said Reed, following the announcement. “And if a guy disappears for six months everyone deserves to know why. If you do something you’re not supposed to do, you should be called out on it.”
Prior to the Travelers Championship last week, Jason Day revealed to members of the media that Tiger Woods texted him with some swing advice shortly after the Aussie posted a disastrous opening round score at the US Open. “He texted me after I shot 79 and said, ‘Hey, before you work on something, call me because I saw something’,” Day said. “I was like, ‘Yeah, you saw 79 shots!’ I didn’t call him because I was so angry!” Now, it is understandable that Day might not have wanted to take any pointers from a guy who hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since August of 2013. However, Day is undoubtedly struggling right now and it certainly wouldn’t have hurt to at least hear out the 14-time major winner instead of just brushing him off. Day not only went on to miss the cut at the US Open, but he also missed another cut this past weekend at the Travelers Championship. That brings Day’s total to four missed cuts this season, including three missed weekends over his last six starts — not at all the numbers that you would expect from the third ranked player in the world! Perhaps J-Day should call Tiger after all to hear what it is that the 11-time PGA Tour Player of the Year wanted to say …
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Videos of the Week
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Shank of the Week
We really have no idea what this guy was thinking and can only imagine how embarrassingly this must have played out for him in the moments following this video!
Shot of the Week
Look up the definition of the word ‘clutch’ in the dictionary and you will see a picture of Jordan Spieth.