Category: Bones Mackay

August 09, 2013

Mickelson summons Harmon for emergency range session

Posted at 11:57 AM by Mike Walker

Phil Mickelson and caddie Bones Mackay during Mickelson's opening round at the PGA Championship on Thursday (Getty).

Due to a rain delay, Phil Mickelson didn't finish his first round at Oak Hill until almost 8 p.m. Thursday night, but his day wasn't close to over. After finishing at 1-over with a double-bogey on the last hole, Mickelson and his caddie Bones Mackay went straight to the Oak Hill driving range for an emergency fix-it session. According to SBNation, Mackay went over to the Sky Sports booth to grab Mickelson's swing coach Butch Harmon so Harmon could join Mickelson on the range.

Mickelson told ESPN that the session with Harmon was helpful.

"I was working on the exact opposite thing we needed to do; I'm glad I had a few minutes with him," Mickelson said. "I wanted to be able to think about what I want to do tomorrow tonight as opposed to trying to find it in the morning.

"I fought hard. But even when I was making birdies, it didn't feel good. I was fighting to keep it in play. It's starting to feel a little better now. Tomorrow will be a big day."

Mickelson didn't leave the driving range until well after darkness fell on Oak Hill, according to Yahoo Sports:

Daylight vanished, a light rain came, course attendants pulled the placards lined up behind him, swing coach Butch Harmon came and loosened his tie, and still Mickelson fired shot after shot into the darkness.

The rain got heavier, his shirt clinging to him, and still he blasted those iron shots and watched to make sure each one landed where he wanted. He hunched over, he put a hand on his left hip, he twisted and stretched, he lined up two wedges to train his stance. But most of all he stared straight into the ground.


February 03, 2013

They Said It! Top 10 Quotes of the Week for Phoenix Open

Posted at 12:58 AM by Mike Walker

Tiger_quote1. "It was just so friggin' slow. We played just over three hours and nine holes, and three of them are par threes. It's like, come on, you know. I started losing my patience a little bit."

--Tiger Woods on the slow pace of play in his final round Monday at Farmer Insurance Open


Garrigus_quote2. “I ate at the golf course with my wife and my son, the guy drove us to the private airport, took off at 1:10, flew to the Phoenix airport, got in my car, drove home, unpacked kind of, like chucked my suitcases in the closet, sat down, turned the TV on and Tiger is on 17. And I was like, ‘Wow, is he pissed right now.’”

--Robert Garrigus on playing in the Farmers Insurance Open in the morning and arriving in Phoenix before it ended


Vijay_quote3. “I’m guessing that Vijay Singh doesn’t know the product has been called out by the PGA Tour specifically.”

--Sports Illustrated’s David Epstein on the magazine’s story about how Singh had used deer-antler spray, which contains a substance banned by the PGA Tour.




4. “You have to be careful about what you take. I try not to take anything now, really, other than Corona and vodka.''

--Lee Westwood on Vijay Singh’s deer antler spray




5. “As much as we spend all our time trying to be consistent, it's the inconsistent wins that are probably the most important thing.”

--Padraig Harrington at the Phoenix Open





6. “There's a big barrier, a Berlin Wall barrier, between 59 and 60.”

--Phil Mickelson after his putt for 59 just lipped out in first round of the Phoenix Open





7. “Obviously the golf gods giveth and they taketh away, so there you have it.”

-- Jim "Bones" Mackay, Mickelson’s caddie, on the missed putt for 59




8. “Golf needs a younger and more athletic image, and Nike has always had that. I'm young enough. I'm not sure I'm athletic enough. But I'll try!"

--Rory McIlroy on his endorsement deal with Nike



Sergio_quote9. “Unfortunately, we started making birdies and eagles, and I thought, ‘Well, what do we do now?’”

 --Sergio Garcia on making four birdies and an eagle on the front nine when he was considering withdrawing from the Omega Dubai Classic with a sore shoulder




10. "I tried to get him to play."

-- Caddie Joe LaCava on his boss Tiger Woods not playing the Northern Trust Open at Riviera this year

December 21, 2011

The Top 20 Quotes of the 2011 Golf Season

Posted at 12:38 PM by Mike Walker

Listed in roughly chronological order...

Tiger-woods-spitting1. "It's disgusting what he's just done there. You look at his work ethic, and he's a credit to the game and an inspiration to all of us who are trying to be professional golfers, but some parts of him are arrogant and petulant. Somebody has to come on the green and maybe putt over his spit — it doesn't get much lower than that.” --Sky Sports commentator Ewen Murray after Tiger Woods was shown spitting on the green at the Dubai Desert Classic. Woods was later fined by the European Tour and apologized for the incident.


Barack-obama-quotes-of-the-year32. "I'm glad he's out playing golf. I happen to be a golfer. I think presidents deserve down time. And believe me, he is in constant communication with what's going on." --Former Vice President Dan Quayle, on criticism of President Obama for playing golf




Ernie-els-tiger-woods-quotes-of-the-year23. “Tiger was the dominant player. He won 14 majors. Think about it, 14 majors, in such a short period of time. Who is ever going to do that again? Who knows? That is pretty dominating. So for us, myself, Phil, Vijay, Davis, Fred Couples, guys like that to have played under a guy who was that good, we took a beating, not only from him, but from you guys, too. It's been a tough -- it was a tough 10, 12 years for us.” --Ernie Els at the WGC-Cadillac Championship


Ryo-ishikawa-quotes-of-the-year24. “As my social status in Japan is getting higher, I believe that is one of the responsibilities, to provide for those people who are in need." --Ryo Ishikawa, on his decision to donate all of his 2011 earnings to earthquake relief in Japan


Jack25. "I’ve gone back and putted that putt a hundred times since. … [and] it’s never broken left again." --Jack Nicklaus at the 2011 Masters on his birdie putt on 17 at the 1986 Masters 



Rory6. “I hate that word. It's just a terrible word. It's not something you want to be associated with -- worst thing you can be called in golf, apart from ‘cheat.’” --Rory McIlroy, on the c-word –- “choke” -- after his final-round meltdown at the 2011 Masters 


Nantz7. “I still can’t believe, with just 45 minutes left in that broadcast, how many people could have conceivably won it. It was so exhilarating because that’s what you want—to have the chance to keep people on the edges of their seats. I can’t tell you how many e-mails I got from people saying, ‘I couldn’t even go to the bathroom. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t want to miss anything.’ ” --Jim Nantz, on Sunday at the 2011 Masters


Kaymer8. "You could see it a couple of weeks ago at The Masters. Tiger was playing fantastic the first nine on Sunday but there wasn't really somebody who was scared of him any more.” --Martin Kaymer after the 2011 Masters



Na29. “How are we going to count all the shots? I can’t keep track.” --Kevin Na, on his way to a 16 at the Valero Texas Open





Fowler210. "Our hat policy is the same as Augusta’s. Turn your hat around.’” --Quail Hollow member to Rickie Fowler



Rory-US11. "His swing is definitely better than mine was at the same age. But in '99 my swing came together, and I had a pretty good next two years." --Tiger Woods, on Rory McIlroy’s U.S. Open win


Clarke12. “I can't f***ing hit it. I'm f***ing useless.” --Darren Clarke, on the putting green the week before winning the British Open




Stevie13. "I've caddied for 33 years, won 145 times and this is the most satisfying win of my career." --Caddie Steve Williams after Adam Scott won the Bridgestone invitational



Bones214. “I don’t have any.” --Phil Mickelson’s caddie Bones Mackay after being asked how many wins he has



Utopia215. "I would rather eat a golf ball than see this movie again." --Roger Ebert, on the golf movie Seven Days in Utopia


Donald16. "I don't recall ever saying the Tiger era is over." --Luke Donald after The Daily Express published a story with the headline, "Luke Donald: The Tiger Woods Era is 'Over' "



Phil17. "If it were going to be banned, it should have happened 20-plus years ago. But now that it's been legal, I don't think you can make it retroactive." --Phil Mickelson, on belly putters






Miller18. "Almost every guy who finished at the top of the leaderboard was in the top five in greens hit and ball-striking. To me, that's the ultimate.That's pure golf, not a bunch of scrambling crap." --Johnny Miller’s defense of the Cog Hill redesign after criticism from Phil Mickelson and others


Disney19. “I feel like even if I went to HSBC and won, they’d find another event to add.” --Luke Donald, on learning that the PGA Tour decided to include the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai in the Player of the Year vote after Donald won the money title

Jack320. “No. I make sure I remain totally illiterate in that state." --Jack Nicklaus after being asked if he tweets




All photos from the Associated Press, except for Johnny Miller (Getty Images)


January 31, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Bones says Phil’s layup was ‘no-brainer’

Posted at 1:21 PM by Mike Walker

Golfweek’s Jim McCabe talked to Phil Mickelson’s caddie Bones Mackay about Mickelson’s decision not to go for the green in two on the 18th hole Sunday, even though an eagle would have gotten him into a playoff with Bubba Watson:

“As we walked to the ball, we saw a lot of it and thought we got the break of the year,” Mackay said.

Now no one on tour is more aggressive than Mickelson — “he was itching to go for it,” said Mackay — but everything in the lie said no. The situation called for a “pronounced cut and there was a lot of grass so it would have been really hard to curve the ball,” Mackay said.

Mackay finds it comical to think people will debate the decision to lay up for days, especially since the decision process between caddie and player “lasted less than 10 seconds,” he said. “It was a no-brainer.”

The layup led to some great entertainment as Mickelson walked up to the green and then asked Mackay to tend the pin on his 72-yard shot.

“I would say conservatively, Phil hits the flagstick on the fly 6-10 times a year,” Mackay said. “And he was only 72 yards away, his bread and butter.”

And Phil being Phil, guess what? He nearly pulled it off. With Mackay holding the flagstick, Mickelson hit a splendid shot near the hole, landed it on the slope, then watched it roll back.

President Obama might play golf with House Speaker Boehner

According to The Hill, White House adviser David Axelrod said that chances are “good” that President Barack Obama will play a round of golf with Republican House Speaker John Boehner.

Obama's been an active golfer since becoming president, and Boehner's known to enjoy some time on the course, where he's reputed to have a relatively low handicap.

A trip to the golf course would be a way to improve the personal relationship between the president and the Speaker. While both maintain that their relationship with the other is "fine," neither are reputed to be especially close with one another, as President Clinton had been for sometime with his GOP adversary at the time, Speaker Newt Gingrich.

I’m still waiting for the all-President foursome of George Bush Sr, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Obama. Maybe it will happen if Clinton hosts the Bob Hope Classic.

Monty: I’ve got thick skin about Poulter’s course criticism

Colin Mongtomerie shrugged off criticism of the Monty-designed Volvo Championship course in Bahrain from always-classy Ian Poulter, who called the greens “sh--” and “embarrassing,” according to The Scottish Daily Record.

But after making an eight-foot birdie putt at the last to make the Bahrain cut yesterday, Monty said: "Some of his comments are slightly over the top but that's Poulter.

"He's a character and he's entitled to his opinions. It's just they're not the opinion of the majority of the Tour.

"But don't worry because I can handle Ian Poulter, believe me.

"He did a great job at the Ryder Cup where he was super but he's entitled to his opinions."

Stray Shots: Things we saw while checking if there are still seats available on the Jhonny Vegas bandwagon....

* I watched the Ryder Cup with Cigar Guy, I knew Cigar Guy, Cigar Guy was a friend of mine, and Tuxedo Guy, you’re no Cigar Guy. (Via Ryan Ballengee’s ProGolfTalk)

* It didn’t take long to get our first nominee for Worst Media Question of the Year. This early contender is from Bubba Watson's post-victory press conference at Torrey Pines on Sunday when a reporter asked if Watson asked his father, who died last year, to intervene in the tournament and make Phil Mickelson miss his final shot:

Q. Did you ask your dad to influence that wedge shot by Phil?

BUBBA WATSON: No. All I thought about is in the scoring tent, why hasn't he hit yet? He's taking forever to hit. Could somebody tell me what's going on? Then I thought what are we going to do? Are we on 18? And I had to think about playing 18 again, and then he missed. So I did not have to worry about that anymore.

* I never thought any golf course could be colder than Royal Birkdale during the 2008 British Open, but Ice Tee Golf Tournament on Lake Wallenpaupack has the edge. (Via The Pocono Record)

* Peyton Manning takes the top spot from Tiger Woods in Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2011 list of the 100 most powerful athletes. I guess no one at Bloomberg Businessweek watched the Colts this season, or the NBA the past five seasons because Shaquille O'Neal is ranked sixth.

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