Jordan Spieth says PGA Tour stars 'surprised' at latest Phil Mickelson bombshell

Jordan Spieth admitted players were surprised to hear the latest Phil Mickelson bombshell after taking the early lead at the FedEx St. Jude Championship.

Jordan Spieth says PGA Tour stars 'surprised' at latest Phil Mickelson bombshell
Jordan Spieth says PGA Tour stars 'surprised' at latest Phil Mickelson…

Jordan Spieth admitted some PGA Tour players were surprised about the amount of money Phil Mickelson has gambled during his career after going low in the opening round of the FedEx St. Jude Championship. 

Spieth carded a bogey-free round of 7-under 63 at TPC Memphis, which equalled his lowest round of 2023. 

The American, 30, made birdies at 2, 3, 5, 11 and 15. He even chipped in for eagle at the par-5 16th. 

He hit 15/18 greens in regulation and gained more than five strokes on the field in total. 

"If I feel really confident stepping into a driver, getting in front of some shots and hitting some nice ones, that normally feeds to the rest of the bag," Spieth told a pool of reporters after his first 18 holes. 

The golf world has been reacting to the latest Mickelson bombshell. 

An extract from Billy Walters' book has made some remarkable claims about Mickelson's gambling exploits. 

Walters, a pro gambler and convicted felon with long-standing ties to the six-time major champ, claimed Lefty has wagered more than $1bn in his life with losses exceeding more than $100m. 

It was also claimed that Mickelson wanted to wager on the 2012 Ryder Cup of which he played in. 

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Spieth was asked about the reaction from fellow PGA Tour players in the locker room. 

He said:

"I mean, I would say people were maybe a bit surprised at the amount of -- I haven't really seen a whole lot on it. I just saw what some people sent me and stuff, and it was so quick this morning that even if I wanted to comment, I don't think it's a good idea."

Aside from the Mickelson drama, Tom Kim also started the first leg of the playoffs strongly. Although his trousers got golf fans talking. 

Collin Morikawa (65), Tommy Fleetwood (66) also started the championship well. 

Jon Rahm had an off day (73). Rory McIlroy started poorly but rallied to move to 4-under with three holes to play. He made two consecutive bogeys on his back nine but finished with a birdie to post a 67. 

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