Phil and Bones

Phil and Bones

After 25 years one of the most famous golfer and caddie combinations Phil Mickelson and Jim Mackay also known as Phil and Bones have decided to go their separate ways, after helping Phil Mickelson to 41 PGA Tour Wins, 3 US Masters, 1 British Open and the US PGA Championship they have certainly been a combined force to be reckoned with. Phil and Bones - Phil Mickelson and Jim Mackay

Add into the equation 11 Ryder Cups and 11 Presidents Cups Phil and Bones have something very special to look back on, being close friends has certainly helped the combination and even though they are going their separate ways they will still remain very close friends.

With Phil Mickelson deciding to miss this year’s US Open at Erin Hills because of his daughter’s graduation ceremony in California Bones still made the journey to Erin Hills to go through his weekly caddy duties figuring out yardages just in case his boss could get there in time, unfortunately Phil didn’t make his starting time so missed out on the 2nd major golf championship of the year.

In the reflection of this fantastic golfing combination here are a few other notable professional golfer-caddy combinations that have worked wonder over the years:


Tom Watson and Bruce Edwards

What a combination these two had over the years, after meeting in the early 1970’s and both very young they went on to win 32 PGA Tour events together, add a US Open at Pebble Beach to the list and it’s a pretty good coupling for the game of golf. Phil and Bones - Tom Watson and Bruce Edwards

Bruce Edwards worked with Tom Watson from 1973 to 1989 and had a 3 year spell with Greg Norman which lasted until 1992, he then returned back to his close friend Tom Watson again for a period of another 9 years until Bruce’s illness (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) took its toll and unfortunately Bruce Edwards passed away in 1984 – but what a great golfer-caddy combination that was.

Tiger Woods and Steve Williams

The Tiger Woods-Steve Williams combo lasted from 1999 to 2011, and in that time he helped Tiger to win 13 major golf championships a combination that I doubt will ever get beaten – at one point in Steve Williams career he was credited as being the highest paid sportsman from New Zealand, which considering he is not actually a ‘sportsman’ seems pretty ironic! Phil and Bones -Tiger Woods and Steve Williams

Add another 63 PGA Tour wins to the 13 major titles Tiger Woods and Steve Williams achieved together you can now see what Steve Williams earned so much money during his tenure with MrWoods, couple this with some great personal endorsements Steve Williams earnings skyrocketed during his time on the TW bag. 

The duo parted company when Tiger’s personal problems became common knowledge, he now carries the bag for Adam Scott and have won a US Masters together.

Sir Nick Faldo and Fanny Sunesson

Last but not least one of the most unusual golfer-caddy combinations that being of Sir Nick Faldo and Fanny Sunesson, combined they won 4 major golf titles together, having rebuilt his golf swing with the legendary swing guru, David Leadbetter, they won the 4 major golf titles over a 9 year period. Phil and Bones - Sir Nick Faldo and Fanny Sunesson

She parted company with Faldo for a brief spell with Sergio Garcia for 9 tournaments, they soon parted ways after Garcia missed the cut at The Players Championship, she had brief spells with Fred Funk and Notah Begay before going back to the bag of Faldo once again, but it was never as fruitful and the original stint.

She finished off her career with fellow Swede Henrik Stenson until her retirement, she is still involved in golf but notably as a mental golf coach for Martin Kaymer – Sir Nick Faldo now plies his trade on American TV as a golf commentator.

I hope that this article Phil and Bones and if you have any questions regarding this article please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below I will be glad to respond to any comments left.

Happy Golfing as Always.

Michael Baker
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4 Responses

  1. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Hi Johann,

    Thanks for your feedback about the article Phil and Bones, as you mentioned Johann its all about trust and I do believe that these two fine gentlemen Phil and Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay had the utmost respect for each other.

    Thanks for the comment and keep in touch.


    Michael – Bogeys to Birdies “Golf Tips to Improve your Game”

  2. Jóhann H. Ragnarsson says:

    As a sports fan and player in other sports, I had always had a big interest in co-operation like this. Now, when the first woman from Iceland is taking part in LPGA I see even more how important this is. But do you know how most of the best players use the caddies? Are all them with 100% trust about research the field? They are not their trainers, in most cases at least, but are they part of mental training? Because they have, with or without purpose, a lot to do with the stress factor.

  3. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Hi There,

    Thanks for your feedback on the article Phil and Bones, they were an incredible double act on the world of professional golf. I think Bones will get on another golf pro’s bag in the future, I think he has already stated that, just wondering who it might be at this stage.

    We can all wait with anticipation.

    If you have any further questions or comments please don’t hesitate to drop me a message in the comments box.

    Regards as always,

    Michael – Bogeys to Birdies – Golf Tips for the Senior Golfer

  4. Shawn F. says:

    Great article on Phil and Bones! They were my favorite duo. I was very sad to see them split ways. Whenever I would hear one of them I instantly thought of their partner. Great story and also great website. I wish you the best. I have one question for you. Do you see Bones going to a different pro in the future?


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