The bond between player and caddie can be close, and that’s especially true with Phil Mickelson and Jim “Bones” Mackay. But we didn’t know they were this connected.
Last month, Mickelson underwent a sports hernia surgery that was only expected to sideline him 4-6 weeks – more than enough time to recover for his expected next start at the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, Calif., Jan. 19-22.
The exact date of this surgery was Oct. 19.
It turns out Mackay also had surgery last month, as Golf Digest reports the longtime looper for Mickelson had both of his knees replaced. When did he have the surgery? Oct. 19. We’re not kidding.
And they didn’t even plan it this way!
“(Phil and I) didn’t even talk about it,” Mackay told Golf Digest. “We were both in a hurry to get it done, and it just happened to be the same day. The next day we were texting back and forth. ‘So, how are YOU doing?'”
I guess that sort of unintentional connection happens when you’ve been together 25 years. As for Mackay’s road to recovery, he appears on track.
Mackay noted to Golf Digest that he’s been in pain while walking for several years and even had trouble with his knees as a kid and hasn’t been able to get them healthy over time despite several arthroscopic operations. Apparently, waiting any longer to get this double replacement surgery would have just led to further issues.
“The doctor told me that what they found was definitively worse than they thought it was,” Mackay told Golf Digest. “Forget about being a caddie, he said, basically my knees did not fit together well at all. If I hadn’t gotten it done, I was probably risking something happening during the season and then being out a long time.”
Instead, with the surgery done, Mackay believes he’ll be ready for the CareerBuilder Challenge. He’s currently using a cane while walking after having to use a walker for a short time.
Whatever the case, it appears, remarkably, that two (or three surgeries) between Mickelson and Mackay on the same day may lead to no lost time as a pair.