If you notice an extra spring in the step of American golfer Phil Mickelson and caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay this weekend at the CareerBuilder Challenge, it’s no illusion – both men are walking pain free.
Mickelson is back from the second of two sports hernia surgeries while Mackay had both of his knees replaced a month ago.
“My knees hurt for years, especially last year,” said Mackay, who has been on the bag for all but one of Mickelson’s 42 career PGA Tour victories. “The weird thing was that ultimately when the doctor who agreed to do both knowing what I do and how important it was for me not to miss any work … when I saw him the first time after the surgery, he said my knees were much worse than he expected. It was a disaster.”
Mackay has been Mickelson’s caddie since 1992.
While Mickelson turned heads with his play in last year’s Open Championship (he finished second) and the Ryder Cup, the 46-year-old has not won a Tour event since the 2013 Open Championship.