Phil Mickelson was involved in a humorous exchange during the first round of LIV Golf's 11th event of the 2023 campaign in Bedminster.
Mickelson is once again making headlines in the golf world over his infamous gambling stories.
Lefty told us it was bad when he opened up on his addiction last June, telling the world it had reached a point where it was 'reckless and embarrassing'.
It threatened his financial security, he said, but claims to have made headway by taking part in hundreds of hours of therapy.
The change has seen him, he also claims, close in on billionaire status in 2023.
One thing we weren't aware of were the sums of numbers involved. Just how bad was reckless?
Well, noted professional gambler and convicted felon Billy Walters claims to have the receipts to the majority of Mickelson's bets over the last three decades.
Walters has alleged that Mickelson wagered up to $1bn dollars, losing more than $100m.
It was also suggested that Mickelson wanted to bet on the United States to win the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah.
Mickelson, for his part, appeared to issue a non-denial denial with regards to the Ryder Cup story.
"I never bet on the Ryder Cup," he said in a statement addressing Walters' claims.
Mickelson had to deal with this furore as he played LIV Golf's 11th event of the 2023 season at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
| Phil Mickelson responds to the claims in Billy Walters' book about his gambling. https://t.co/IlzItb1dsT— GolfMagic (@GolfMagic) August 10, 2023
One spectator has clearly kept up with the latest news and offered to bet Mickelson $1,000 that he'd make birdie on No. 1.
According to Golf's James Colgan, Mickelson laughed and said: "I would, but I'm not a gambling man."
A fan just tried to bet Phil Mickelson $1,000 he’d make birdie on the 9th at LIV Bedminster.— James Colgan (@jamescolgan26) August 11, 2023
Phil gave an audible laugh.
“I would, but I’m not a gambling man.” pic.twitter.com/CRcdogWwTo
Mickelson went on to card a 1-under 70 to sit inside the top-10 after the first round as Cameron Smith grabbed the early lead.
It's unlikely that Mickelson will will entertain any more questions about this subject.
The story broke after he gave a pre-tournament press conference.
The Ryder Cup was a hot topic in Mickelson's presser and he claimed that there are at least five LIV players that United States captain Zach Johnson should be taking to Rome.
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