Mackay a caddie again

Filling in for an injured Jimmy Johnson, who is expected to miss about a month while recovering from a bout of plantar fasciitis, Mackay not surprisingly clicked just fine otherwise with Thomas in the opening round of the Sony Open.

Though Thomas made just three birdies en route to a 67 — a year ago he opened with a 59 in the event — he was bogey-free at Waialae Country Club in his first lap with Mackay.

“I certainly was paying a lot of attention [to the course and Thomas] the last couple of days,” said Mackay, who last caddied at Waialae in 1992, a year before Thomas was born, and whose last round with Mickelson came last June in Memphis before the two mutually split.

Mackay is expected to caddie this week only, while Thomas’ putting coach Matt Killen will get the bag for his next start in Phoenix in three weeks.