Matt Fitzpatrick came over from England for the restart of the PGA Tour, and caddie Billy Foster stayed behind. The idea was for Fitzpatrick to get used to the protocols, and then Foster would join him for the World Golf Championship in Memphis, Tennessee, and the PGA Championship in San Francisco.
Fitzpatrick used Cayce Kerr for three tournaments. And then he got an offer he couldn't refuse for two weeks at Muirfield Village: Jim ''Bones'' Mackay, the longtime looper for Phil Mickelson who now does course commentary for NBC Sports.
''I was absolutely shocked,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''Everyone knows his place in the game and how well he's done. Even just walking around here, people are excited to see him back and on tour. For me, I was very taken aback.''
It wasn't an accident. Fitzpatrick has an endorsement with Workday, whose CEO knows Mackay and suggested he reach out to Fitzpatrick. They will be working together the next two weeks at the Workday Charity Open and the Memorial.