Mickelson Claims He Never Bet on Ryder Cup
Golf legend Phil Mickelson has responded to allegations that he was trying to bet on the 2012 Ryder Cup – which he played in.
The allegations came via an excerpt from noted sports gambler Billy Walters upcoming book, Gambler: Secrets from a Life at Risk.
According to an excerpt from the book, Walters says that Mickelson wanted to bet $400K on a U.S. victory in the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah.
“I never bet on the Ryder Cup. Whit it is well known that I always enjoy a friendly wager on the course, I would never undermine the integrity of the game. I have also been very open boy my gambling addiction. I have previously conveyed my remorse, took responsibility, have gotten help, have been fully committed to therapy that has positively impacted me and I feel good about where I am now,” said Mickelson.
He first gave the statement to Sports Illustrated, but has since tweeted it out.
Walters’ book also alleges that Mickelson has bet as much as $1 billion over the last 30 years, and lost $100 million.
Walters served five-years in prison starting in 2017 after being convicted of inside trading.
Mickelson was involved in the situation and was required to pay back about $1 million, plus interest, that he made in the deal with help from Walters.