PONTE VERDA BEACH, Fla. – quickly learned he couldn’t talk and chew gum at the same time.

It’s not that he can’t handle the two tasks at the same time with ease. Instead, it has everything to do with one of the Golden Rules of announcing, and the former longtime caddie for Phil Mickelson and current golf analyst for NBC Sports and Golf Channel got an earful for his chomping gaffe.

“It’s like the biggest no-no,” Mackay said.

It was one of a very few mis-clubs Mackay has made during his transition from carrying a 40-pound golf bag to carrying a mic. Not that it’s been easy, he will tell you. There’s someone talking in his earpiece giving directions, after all. The mechanics involved in

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