Despite what some people might think, no job in the world is safe from the dreaded pink slip. Being a caddie on the PGA Tour is no different. Sure, you have those rare player-caddie relationships that look like they'll never end but eventually, there comes a time when both parties decide it's time to move on to greener pastures.
Following a run of 13 major championship victories with Tiger Woods, many people thought Stevie Williams would remain on the bag of the former No. 1 for the foreseeable future.
But following Woods' announcement that Williams' services were no longer needed, it's clear that even the best partnerships don't have staying power. However, there's always one exception to the rule, and that exception is Phil Mickelson and caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay.
The two have been together for over 15 years and have enjoyed four major championship victories. They're not only good friends on the course, but off it as well. If ever there was a player-caddie pairing that could break the mold, it would be this one.
But the thing is, Mackay doesn't expect to be on Mickelson's bag forever. Speaking to "The Dan Patrick Show," Mackay made it clear that while he's grateful to caddie for a top-class player like Mickelson, he doesn't expect to be on the bag forever.
"Sure, absolutely ... I think you'd be crazy as a caddie not to," Mackay said, when asked if he expects Mickelson to fire him at some point. "It's part of the gig. In my 20 years there have certainly been some guys that have gotten fired and you say 'Holy cow, I can't believe that.' But after a while, you just grow to accept the fact that it's gonna happen, and that it just comes with the territory.
"If you've caddie long enough, you're going to get fired. That's just the reality of what we do."
If you've ever heard Mackay talk before, you know he's a realist. The guy doesn't hide his feeling when he talks. While it's hard to imagine Mickelson without Mackay on the bag, it just goes to show you that no caddie on tour feels their job is safe.
The job is the equivalent to a horse race. You hope you hitch your cart to a thoroughbred that can carry you until you have more than enough money. But even if you get lucky and grab a great horse, you have to expect that at some point they're going to go in a different direction.