Revealed: Who will be on Masters duty with Justin Thomas after Bones split

Justin Thomas will reportedly have Patrick Cantlay's former caddie on the bag at the 2024 Masters after splitting with Bones, per a report.

Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas will team up with Patrick Cantlay's former looper at the forthcoming Masters after parting ways with Jim 'Bones' Mackay.

According to a report by Golf Channel's Todd Lewis, Thomas, 30, will have Matt Minister on the bag at Augusta National. 

Minister is perhaps best known for his spell with Cantlay and the duo enjoyed considerable success together which saw the American crowned the 2021 FedEx Cup champion. 

Cantlay is now working with Tiger Woods' former looper Joe LaCava. 

Thomas confirmed on X a week before the 2024 Masters that he was no longer working with 58-year-old Mackay

Both have remained tight-lipped over the exact nature of their split. 

The duo started working together in 2020 and a year later Mackay was given the position full-time. 

He was enjoying a stint as an on-course commentator for Golf Channel / CBS when Thomas came calling. 

Thomas was looking for a caddie after parting ways with Jimmy Johnson. 

Johnson and Thomas were together for six years. Thomas later emphasised that he did not sack Johnson. 

"Jimmy came to me after the Ryder Cup and told me he has decided to pursue other opportunities," he said. 

Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas

To all intents and purposes, Mackay seemed as though he was enjoying life behind the mic and had no plans to caddie again.

Mackay later said Thomas was the only player he would loop for full-time after his 25-year association with Phil Mickelson came to an end in 2017. 

Thomas has not won since claiming his second major at the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills. 

The golfer, who has won 15 Tour titles, has since dropped to 28 in the world rankings and at times has appeared a shadow of his former self. 

He missed out on the FedEx Cup playoffs for the first time in his career last season and conceded he was fortunate to be selected for the 2023 Ryder Cup in Italy. 

Scottie Scheffler is the overwhelming favourite to win the green jacket next week. 

Viktor Hovland, Ludvig Aberg, Hideki Matsuyama, Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy are all favoured by the bookmakers ahead of Thomas. 

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