Jul 6th, 2017
Jim Bones Mackay to join NBC
As on course reporter
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NBC Sports Group has today announced that Jim “Bones” Mackay officially will join the network’s live tournament coverage as an on–course reporter, adding his unique perspective to Golf Channel and NBC’s coverage of The Open, FedExCup Playoffs and Presidents Cup in 2017.
The multi–year agreement will fold Mackay into NBC Sports’ tournament coverage team with a full schedule of events on Golf Channel and NBC in 2018.
“For years, I have admired the fashion in which the NBC Sports team goes about covering the game and I am thrilled to be joining the team,” said Mackay. “During my years as a caddie, I had the opportunity to watch Tommy Roy work his magic in the production truck, and walk the fairways with Notah Begay, Roger Maltbie and Mark Rolfing. To join them and be a part of the coverage of some of golf’s biggest events – starting with The Open – is an opportunity I’m very grateful for, and I’m eager to add my take to help illustrate the strategic decisions golfers face inside the ropes.”
“Bones’ keen observations and ability to draw insight from personal experience will bring an original perspective to our coverage and complement our already well–respected broadcast team,” said Tommy Roy, lead golf producer for NBC Sports. “The player–caddie dynamic in golf is often one of the most compelling and unique narratives being captured during our coverage. Bones has a career’s worth of experience being immersed in the most pressure–packed situations on golf’s biggest stages working alongside Phil, one of the most cerebral champions in the sport.”
This is the first occasion in which a full-time PGA TOUR caddie has been signed for a tournament broadcasting role.
Mackay caddied for Mickelson during a 25–year period that ultimately would encompass a Hall of Fame career, led by five major championships, 42 PGA TOUR wins, as well as representing the United States on 22 consecutive occasions as a member of Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams.