The Plantation Course at Kapalua is one of the toughest walks on the PGA Tour.
After 36 holes, Jimmy Johnson, the caddie for Justin Thomas, couldn’t take it anymore.
Johnson has been troubled by plantar fasciitis and the problem really flared up after the second round of the Tournament Of Champions. Johnson will fly home to seek treatment in hopes to getting back to Thomas before too long.
Thomas’ dad Mike filled in on Saturday and will be on the bag come Sunday but they were looking for someone to fill-in for Johnson. That’s a tough task considering how far they are from the mainland and there are only 34 players in the field, all of whom have their own loopers.
But there was one guy on site at the Kapalua resort with decades of experience and huge success as a caddie. Enter Jim “Bones” MacKay, retired caddie for Phil Mickelson and now an on-course announcer/analyst for NBC and The Golf Channel.
“I think the world of Justin,” Bones said. He’ll be on the bag next week when Thomas tries to defend the Sony Championship at Waialae Country Club over in Honolulu.
In the meantime, J.T. could use some help. He’s played horrible with back-to-back 75s that have left him two-over par and sitting in 30th place in the 34-man field.