Bones goes back to work as caddie next week for Thomas

In this June 11, 2015, file photo, Phil Mickelson, left, talks with his caddie Jim Mackay on the eighth tee during the first round of the St. Jude Classic golf tournament in Memphis, Tenn. Mickelson and his caddie have decided to part ways after 25 years of one of the most famous player-caddie relationships on the PGA Tour. Mickelson and Jim "Bones" Mackay say the decision to split was mutual and not based on an incident. (Mark Humphrey, File/AP)

KAPALUA, Hawaii — PGA champion Justin Thomas is using a television on-course reporter to caddie for him next week in Honolulu while his regular caddie recovers from a foot injury.

But not just any TV reporter.

He said he’ll be using Jim "Bones" Mackay at the Sony Open. Mackay spent 25 years with Phil Mickelson until they parted ways last summer. Mackay now works for NBC and Golf Channel walking the course. He was with the Dustin Johnson pairing on Saturday at Kapalua.

Jimmy Johnson has been dealing with plantar fasciitis and a tear for the last few months. He was in a boot for 10 days before arriving at Kapalua, but the severe terrain has taken a toll. He likely will be in a protective boot for at least a month. Thomas’ father, Mike, caddied for his son Saturday.

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