Phil Mickelson Plucks a Substitute Caddie From the Family Tree

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Tim Mickelson, right, caddying for his brother, Phil, at the W.G.C. event in Mexico on Friday.

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NAUCALPAN DE JUÁREZ, Mexico — Phil Mickelson approached his bag for a golf ball to give to a volunteer and saw his younger brother, Tim, surrounded by reporters. Feigning disappointment, Phil Mickelson said, “There are more reporters for you than me.”

Tim Mickelson, a former golf coach who now manages one of his former collegiate players, Jon Rahm, is accustomed to operating in his brother’s shadow. But not in quite the way he did Friday. After three holes of Phil Mickelson’s second round at the World Golf Championships event at Club de Golf Chapultepec, he summoned his brother from the gallery to caddie for him after his longtime bagman, Jim Mackay, became too ill with a stomach ailment to continue.

Tied for the lead at the start of the day, Mickelson carded a three-under-par 68 for a 36-hole total of seven under. That left him tied for second, two strokes behind Rory McIlroy, who posted a 65, including an eagle on the…

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