Seven Years On: Phil Mickelson and Tim Mickelson Part Ways, Marking the End of a Successful Caddie Career

Phil announces Tim Mickelson’s retirement as his brother’s caddie

Nearly seven years after his split with his longtime bagman, Bones Mackay, in June 2017, Phil Mickelson announced on Tuesday that Tim Mickelson, the man who replaced him, was retiring. The younger brother of Phil has been caddying for him for eight years and has helped him win three times on the PGA Tour, including the 2021 PGA Championship.

When Tim first took on his brother’s bag, he had just left his job as a college golf coach at Arizona State to become Jon Rahm’s agent. During his time as Phil’s caddie, Tim helped him navigate through some of the most challenging moments in his career. In 2018, he was with Phil during the infamous putter incident at the US Open that led to disqualification and controversy. Despite this setback, they continued to work together and ultimately won their third major championship together at the PGA Championship in 2021.

Tim also followed Phil to LIV Golf two years ago when he joined the Saudi-backed league. While they have not seen much success in this new venture yet, Tim remains grateful for the opportunity to continue working with his brother while spending more time with his own family. His life has evolved significantly since taking on the role of Phil’s caddie and he is now married and has a growing family of his own.

Mickelson expressed gratitude for the great moments shared on and off the course with Tim over the past eight years. He thanked him for being a loyal friend and dedicated team player throughout their journey together. He also thanked him for helping him navigate through some of the toughest moments in his career. Their relationship was built on trust and respect which helped them achieve success both personally and professionally.

As of now, Tim’s replacement as Phil’s caddie has not been announced yet and LIV Golf’s next event is scheduled for next week at Doral outside of Miami. It will be interesting to see who will be joining Mickelson on tour next season and how far they will go together in achieving more success on golf courses around the world!

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