Bones’ greatest regret? His read on the 17th at Pinehurst No. 2 in 1999

Jim “Bones” Mackay, in all the years and tournaments and major championships caddying for Phil Mickelson, has one single regret – and it comes from Pinehurst.

In the latest edition of No Laying Up’s tremendous series of podcasts, when Chris Solomon asks Bones whether he has any regrets, Bones doesn’t hesitate.

“Definitely – ’99 U.S. Open against Payne Stewart.”

Beginning at around 42 minutes, 15 seconds above, Bones reflects on Payne Stewart’s incredible birdie putt to save par on 16, and the remarkable tee shots both Payne and Lefty hit on 17.

But Lefty’s birdie try slid right and missed, and after Stewart’s birdie on 17, the one-stroke lead Payne took to 18 proved fateful. (You can see all of that in the video below).

Bones says he misread Lefty’s birdie attempt.

“I thought it was a straight putt,” Bones says.

“It was such an amazing day at that golf course. Such a great golf course and we started having this really awesome weather. It started misting. It was almost like they were playing in Scotland.” -Jim “Bones” Mackay, Phil Mickelson’s caddie

“There’s no question, by 100 miles, if I could change one thing over the course of my caddie career, in terms of input that I gave Phil, it would be that.”

Still, Bones recalls the day fondly, and the duel between Mickelson and Stewart.

“It was such an amazing day at that golf course. Such a great golf course and we started having this really awesome weather. It started misting. It was almost like they were playing in Scotland.”

If you love golf, the entire podcast is worth a listen. Don’t miss No Laying Up’s extremely candid conversations with Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, either. 

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