Phil Mickelson involved in OUTSTANDING (!) fan exchange at LIV Golf Bedminster

Phil Mickelson was involved in a humorous exchange with a fan during the opening round of LIV Golf's event in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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Sat, 12 Aug 2023
Phil Mickelson involved in OUTSTANDING (!) fan exchange at LIV Golf Bedminster

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. 

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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. 

Rory McIlroy decided to take a swipe at Mickelson when he was asked about this. 

Jordan Spieth, too, also appeared to want to offer up an hilarious answer before stopping himself in his tracksWise move, Jordan. 

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. 

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."

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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