Phil Mickelson’s involvement in a $400,000 bet on the 2012 Ryder Cup, as stated in an article by Billy Walters, who will be publishing his book later this month, suggests that he considered it.
Thursday saw the release of an excerpt by Fire Pit Collective and Golf Digest.
Walters and Mickelson had a gambling partnership that lasted for five years, as evidenced by the excerpt, which ended in the spring of 2014.
Walters revealed that he gained knowledge about the golfer’s sports gambling from two trustworthy sources after their partnership, but unable to identify them.
Mickelson reportedly placed 7,065 bets on football, basketball, and baseball between 2010 and 2014, as per Walters’ own betting records and other sources.
All except for Mickelson, who claimed that he placed an average of almost nine bets every day in 2011, which amounted to 3,154.
Walters stated that Phil’s gambling losses were closer to $100 million compared to the reported $40 million in his relationship. He also wagered more than $1 billion in total over the past 30 years.
These claims have not been independently verified by CNN.
I am the only other person I know who exceeded that level of volume,” Walters wrote.
Mickelson refuted any involvement in betting on the 2012 Ryder Cup via a tweet on Thursday, which was previously known as Twitter.
“It is common knowledge that I enjoy placing a friendly bet on the course, but I would never subvert the game’s integrity,” he said.
What happened to Pete Rose?
Walters makes an arresting claim that Mickelson asked him to place a $400,000 bet on the US team to win the Ryder Cup against Europe, which was one of his requests.
In the book, Walters questions whether you have any memory of Pete Rose or if it’s like Arnold Palmer.
Mickelson’s response, as stated in the excerpt, was “Alright, alright.”
Walters stated that he was unaware of Mickelson’s involvement in the bet, but Europe ultimately triumphed over the US.
The PGA Tour declined to provide any feedback. CNN has reached out to Mickelson’s representative for comment.
Mickelson responded to a post on social media on June 2, saying that he had not gambled in years and was now almost billionaire.
The media has extensively covered Mickelson’s gambling behavior, and he has previously discussed his difficulties with sports betting.
In June 2022, Mickelson revealed to Sports Illustrated that he has been engaging in gambling since childhood, but it became reckless and embarrassing 10 years ago.
During the interview, Mickelson mentioned that his wife Amy has been very supportive towards him and the process.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Mickelson stated that he is now at peace with the situation and it is not a matter of concern for him or his financial stability. He added that it was just ‘a series of miscalculations’.
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In April 2017, Walters, who was labeled as the “most dangerous sports bettor in Nevada” due to his high-risk betting activities, was found guilty of insider trading charges in a federal court in New York.
According to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, the renowned gambler who made over $43 million from trading secret information about Dean Foods was sentenced to five years in prison.
Former President Donald Trump commuted Walters’ sentence in 2021.
Walters stated in the book that Mickelson was responsible for the prison sentence, as reported by Golf Digest.
Walters wrote that Phil Mickelson, a well-known personality and former friend of hers, refused to disclose ‘a simple truth’ that he later disclosed to the FBI and could have saved her from prison. “All I had to do was publicly say it,” she wrote.
Mickelson’s tip about Dean Foods from Walters led to him being fined $1 million by the Securities and Exchange Commission a year before his conviction, which was widely publicized.
The case classified Mickelson as a “relief defendant,” which implies that he profited from misconduct but not been charged with any illegal activity.
The tour, which was backed by Saudi Arabia, has caused controversy.
Mickelson, renowned for his success in golf and winning the major six times, is also one of the most popular and successful golfers.
The LIV Golf, the most profitable golf tour in the world, sparked controversy last year due to the superstar’s involvement.
In a 2021 interview with Alan Shipnuck for his book “Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar,” Mickelson stated that he would consider joining the proposed Super League as if it were enticing him to take on the challenge and revolutionize the PGA Tour.
According to Shipnuck, Mickelson made derogatory statements about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and claimed that the country was responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The LIV Golf series is supported by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, a sovereign wealth fund led by Mohammed bin Salman, who was identified in ephemeral US intelligence reports as the author of the operation that resulted in Khashoggi’ murder. Bin Salam has denied any involvement in his disappearance.
In June, the PGA Tour of the United States revealed that LIV Golf would be collaborating with it, putting an end to a long-standing rivalry in the men’s professional game.
The partnership caused anger among groups representing the families and survivors of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The Saudi government’s involvement in the attacks has been a matter of dispute in Washington for years, as 16 of the 19 al Qaeda hijackers who took over four flights were Saudi citizens. However, the Saudi state has denied any involvement or guilt in those events.
The 9/11 Commission, established by Congress in 2004, stated that there was no proof to support the notion that al Qaeda received funding from the Saudi government or high-ranking Saudi officials.