Phil Mickelson called his caddie's surgeon the day before he went under the knife

Phil Mickelson had two sports hernia surgeries between the Safeway Open last October and the CareerBuilder Challenge this January. He has healed from both, but he wasn't the only person on Team Mickelson go under the knife over the fall and winter. He got off easier than his caddie, Jim "Bones" Mackay.

Mackay had both of his knees replaced in the offseason, as Helen Ross noted here for PGATour.com. Hilariously, as only Lefty can do, he had some fun with the double knee-replacement operation.

"Phil called [my] doctor the day before the surgery and he goes, 'Hey, man, I need your best tomorrow,'" Mackay told PGA Tour.com.

That's about as Mickelson as it gets. Can't you just see him doing that for everyone he knows? His son has a big test at school? Son, you need to stay patient tomorrow and let it all come to you. Wear your aggressive colors.

Mickelson and Mackay have been together for almost 30 years on the PGA Tour now, and Bones said he is doing great with his new knees. Mickelson will play his fifth consecutive tournament at the Genesis Open this week.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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