Phil Mickelson shares heartfelt message after brother, Tim, retires from caddying

Phil Mickleson and his brother/caddie, Tim Mickelson, celebrate their 2021 PGA Championship victory.

Phil Mickelson and his brother/caddie, Tim Mickelson, celebrate their 2021 PGA Championship victory.

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Phil Mickelson is in the market for a new looper. The six-time major champion broke the news via social media on Tuesday that his brother, Tim Mickelson, is retiring from caddying.

“I’ve had some great accomplishments in my career and getting to share them with my brother Tim has been beyond special,” Phil Mickelson wrote in his Instagram post. “I’m very lucky to have had him on the bag for me the past eight years and as my brother for life.

“So much has changed since he was single and we started working together. He’s found his life partner, Maranda, they’ve had their second son, and hopefully their family will continue to grow. While Tim is retiring from caddying, I’ll always cherish the many great moments we’ve shared on the course and I look forward to many more special moments off the course too.”

Phil Mickelson, 53, is seven years older than Tim Mickelson, who was the men’s golf coach at Arizona State from 2011 to 2016. He then quit his coaching gig to become the agent of Jon Rahm, who was recruited and played for Tim at ASU.

Tim Mickelson started caddying for his older brother in 2017, after Phil Mickelson and Jim “Bones” Mackay parted ways after 25 years together. The Mickelson brothers teamed up for three wins: the 2018 WGC-Mexico Championship, 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and, most notably, the 2021 PGA Championship, which was Phil’s sixth major title.

It’s unclear who will be on Phil’s bag next. His next scheduled start is LIV Golf Miami at Trump National Doral on April 5-7, which will be his final tune-up before the following week’s Masters.

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