Jim 'Bones' Mackay to join Caddie Hall of Fame

Phil Mickelson, Jim "Bones" Mackay
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Published: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | 10:21 a.m.

Longtime PGA TOUR caddie and NBC Sports/Golf Channel on-course reporter Jim “Bones” Mackay will be inducted into The Caddie Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Sept. 13, during the 2017 BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois.

A resident of Scottsdale, Arizona, Mackay is one of the most well-known caddies in the game’s history, beloved by fans around the world for his work alongside Phil Mickelson. Mackay began his career as a caddie looping for Larry Mize, Scott Simpson and Curtis Strange before being hired by Mickelson in 1992.

With Mackay on his bag, Mickelson won five major championships, notched 41 PGA TOUR victories and represented the United States 22 consecutive times on Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams. Mackay joined NBC/Golf Channel as an on-course reporter in July at The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

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“We are honored and excited to welcome Bones Mackay into The Caddie Hall of Fame,” said Vince Pellegrino, Senior Vice President of Tournaments for the Western Golf Association, which conducts the BMW Championship. “Bones has elevated the profile of caddies worldwide and inspired countless young people to want to be caddies.”

Mackay will be inducted into The Caddie Hall of Fame following the BMW Championship Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am at Conway Farms.

Administered by the Western Golf Association since 2011, The Caddie Hall of Fame highlights the tradition and importance of caddying by recognizing individuals who have devoted their lives to the game of golf through caddying or by supporting the role of caddies.

Past inductees include Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Charles “Chick” Evans, Francis Ouimet, Gene Sarazen, Steve Williams, and the Murray Brothers.

“This is a great honor for me,” Mackay said. "I would like to share it with all the caddies at golf clubs around the country, and also my fellow PGA TOUR caddies, with whom I had such a great time."

This release originally appeared on the Western Golf Association site.