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Jimmy Walker: I don't know why Mickelson 'doesn't have a real caddie'

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After disappointing rounds of 79 and 74 at the PGA Championship, Phil Mickelson crashed out of a major for the second time since parting ways with long-time caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay.

While there's certainly a multitude of reasons for the veteran star's struggles, the switch to younger brother Tim doesn't seem to be going as well as hoped. It's something defending PGA champion Jimmy Walker noticed through 36 holes with Mickelson.

"There's way less interaction," Walker told Alan Shipnuck of "It seems he's mostly doing it on his own. I don't know why he doesn't have a real caddie. I don't. It would really be beneficial to him, I think."

Mickelson and Mackay were known to have lengthy discussions over practically every shot the left-hander hit, while there doesn't seem to be much strategy with Tim. The opening-round 79 was his worst ever score at the PGA Championship, an event he's played in 24 times.

When the split with Mackay, now working for Golf Channel, was announced after the US Open, Mickelson committed to his brother for the remainder of the 2017 schedule. Given his struggles since making the switch, it's probably a safe bet the partnership won't last longer than that period of time.

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