Would it be unreasonable to suggest U.S. Ryder Cup legend Lanny Wadkins isn't a big fan of Phil Mickelson these days?
Wadkins, a 21-time PGA Tour winner and former Ryder Cup captain, caught the headlines last month with his comments about Mickelson.
To remind you, Wadkins described the golfer as 'a disappointing' figure after shocking revelations emerged about Lefty's gambling.
Extracts from Billy Walters' book about his relationship with Mickelson alleged he had gambled up to $1bn over three decades, with $100m losses.
To make matters worse Walters - his former gambling partner - claimed Mickelson wanted to wager $400,000 on the 2012 Ryder Cup.
Mickelson did not deny wanting to make the wager, only releasing one post on X to say he 'never bet on the Ryder Cup'.
Wadkins previously told Golf Channel:"I don't know if there has ever been a more disappointing figure in golf than Phil Mickelson, seeing what's transpired with him over the last 10-plus years. He was the beloved figure for a long time. We all marveled at the way he could play. But nothing looks kosher about what he's doing these days."
These days is a clear reference to Mickelson's association with the LIV Golf League.
Mickelson signed up to play in LIV Golf events in June 2022 for a reported $200m fee, prompting speculation that part of why he joined the breakaway tour was to pay off some gambling debts.
Wadkins was asked to clarify the comments he made about Mickelson in an interview with Golfweek.
Turns out Wadkins was blindsided by the question. "I was supposed to be on the show answering a question about my PGA win and they throw that out there," he said.
But instead of backtracking, Wadkins doubled down.
Then went in hard.
He told the publication:
I never bet on the Ryder Cup. While it is well known that I always enjoy a friendly wager on the course, I would never undermine the integrity of the game.— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) August 10, 2023
I have also been very open about my gambling addiction. I have previously conveyed my remorse, took responsibility, have…
Wadkins was the team captain in the 1995 defeat at Oak Hill.
Both Wadkins and Mickelson have earned a total of 21.5 points in Ryder Cups, the most of any living American.
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