The numbers have been just a little off. And that doesn’t occur with Joe Greiner too usually.
The caddie for Max Homa requested his longtime buddy and employer how he’d really feel about his making an attempt to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Chambers Bay.
Griener added that the occasion could be held throughout the week of the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas.
“I promised him, ‘If you qualify I’ll either take the week off or I’ll just find somebody else,’ ” Homa mentioned on the Get a Grip podcast along with his sidekick, Golf Channel’s Shane Bacon.
But Greiner’s math was off. Instead, the USGA occasion is smack dab in the center of subsequent week’s PGA Championship at Kiawah Island.
This left Homa in a tricky spot — with no caddie for a significant match.
But Griener had an alternate plan, providing up his buddy Jim “Bones” Mackay as his interim alternative.
Homa was thrilled.
“I’m super, super fortunate. I’ve gotten to know Bones out at Whisper Rock in Arizona and he is truly one of the nicest, greatest people I’ve ever been around,” mentioned Homa, who is currently No. 74 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and No. 39 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Of course, Mackay was an instant success upon joining NBC Sports and Golf Channel telecasts after a quarter-century on the bag for Phil Mickelson. The two mutually parted methods back in 2017 and he’s been dabbling ever since, displaying up on the bag for Justin Thomas, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Jimmy Walker.
Matthew Fitzpatrick and caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay look on from the second gap throughout the last spherical of the 2020 Memorial Tournament on July 19, 2020 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
Mackay was on Thomas’ bag throughout a win at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in 2020 and likewise labored the PGA Championship the following week. He helped Fitzpatrick to a third-place end at the Memorial final 12 months as effectively.
“I have the utmost respect for Joe’s caddying and I mean this is not a slight at all, so please believe me when I say that … but it’ll be really cool to be around someone like Bones,” Homa mentioned. “Joe has learned his way into this. Not that Bones didn’t, but he’s been doing this forever.”