Phil Mickelson will tee it up at a very familiar place this week. He’ll just have a less familiar face caddieing for him.
Tim Mickelson announced overnight he won’t be on his big brother’s bag at the Genesis Invitational when play starts tonight, New Zealand time, at Riviera Country Club. But don’t worry, there’s no internal strife among the siblings, just a bit of wear and tear on the looper.
Due to a couple lingering injuries, with Phil’s blessing and encouragement I’m taking this week off from caddying to rest and recover. Andrew Getson will be on the bag this week for me. Gotta be healthy for the ‘majors’ stretch coming up soon.
— Tim Mickelson (@goodwalkspoiled) February 12, 2020
Filling in for Tim is Andrew Getson, the Australian who has been Phil’s swing coach since the end of 2015. Here’s a photo Phil posted earlier this year that shows Tim (centre) and Andrew (back centre):
Tim has been Phil’s caddie since the five-time Major champ and longtime looper Jim “Bones” Mackay parted ways in 2017. Tim, who was Jon Rahm’s manager at the time after stepping down from head coaching duties at Arizona State University the previous year, was originally a temporary replacement before being named his brother’s full-time caddie at the end of 2017.
After a rough start to 2020 with back-to-back missed cuts at the American Express and the Farmers Insurance Open, Mickelson finished T-3 in Saudi Arabia and third at Pebble Beach last week. Those two finishes have moved him up to 55th in the Official World Golf Ranking (from 86th), but the 49-year-old still has work to do to qualify for this year’s US Open at Winged Foot and the four World Golf Championship events.
Regardless of who is on Mickelson’s bag, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him accomplish that this week. Mickelson has two wins and two runner-ups in 18 career starts at Riviera.