The golf world was shocked on Tuesday at the news that Phil Mickelson and his long-time caddy Jim “Bones” MacKay have ended their much-revered 25-year partnership.
Just 52 years of age, MacKay is not yet ready to hang up his bib, and speculation was rampant that he might begin working with a different Arizona State super-product, world No. 11 Jon Rahm.
Rahm took to social media to shoot down those rumors, which he perceived as “unfair,” and offered public praise of his current caddy, Adam Hayes.
- Video Defense: In a video posted to his twitter account, Jon Rahm referred to the rumors as “unfair” and “untrue”. He states that he loves his relationship with current caddy Adam Hayes, and went on to say that there is “no way” he would ever change that.
- Mickelson Connection: Tim Mickelson, Phil’s brother and fill-in caddy for the rest of the season, was Rahm’s college coach at Arizona State, which he left last year to become Rahm’s agent. The Mickelson-Rahm connection was the driving force behind the Bones rumors.
- Strong Relationship: Rahm has been with Hayes since the beginning of the season, and the two have had a phenomenal season. Rahm won the Farmers Insurance Open, one of seven top 10 finishes. He has struggled in June, however, missing the cut at both The Memorial and the U.S. Open, his only two missed cuts of the season.
— Jon Rahm Rodriguez (@JonRahmpga) June 20, 2017
“The rumor about me and Bones is both really unfair and untrue. I love the relationship with my caddie, Adam Hayes. He’s a great guy, we work well together. There’s no way I would ever change it.”