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Justin Thomas and caddie Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay shockingly split ahead of the Masters

Justin Thomas made a big announcement on social media Wednesday afternoon. With the Masters just days away, the 30-year-old decided to change his caddy.

He posted on X along with his caddy Jim Bones McKay: Broke up.

“It’s hard to say, but Bones and I have parted ways. I will forever be grateful that he joined me in 2021,” Thomas wrote. “What we were able to accomplish together, the 2022 PGA Championship, the President’s Cup and the Ryder Cup, were all unforgettable experiences.”

“His wisdom on and off the course has been a blessing during tough times in my career and he has been there every step of the way. I know great things lie ahead for both of us. I wish him the best and will always count him and his family among my friends.”

McKay joined Thomas in 2020 when former caddy Jimmie Johnson had health issues. This shift was made permanent in the fall of 2021.

Looper helped Thomas win his second major championship at the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills. Thomas defeated Will Zalatoris in a thrilling playoff.

But since that win, the former Alabama golfer has continued to struggle. Last season was one of Thomas’ worst on tour. He did not qualify for the 2023 FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Zach Johnson will surprisingly choose Thomas as his Rome Ryder Cup captaincy candidate. He went 2-1-1 for Team USA that week, showing he still has game left.

But apparently that wasn’t enough to keep Mackay in the running for the Masters.

Before looping for Thomas, McKay worked for four years as an on-course analyst at Golf Channel and NBC.

However, he is best known for his long-standing relationship with Phil Mickelson. They won five majors together. McKay has also worked with Larry Mize, Scott Simpson, and Curtis Strange.

It’s unclear who will be in Thomas’ bag for next week’s Masters. It will be his ninth start at Augusta National.

Savannah Lee Richardson is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through.For more golf coverage, follow us @_PlayingThrough On all major social platforms. You can also follow her on Twitter @SportsGirls and Instagram @savannah_leigh_sports.

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