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Amid Outrageous Gambling Allegations, Phil Mickelson Breaks Silence on His ‘Darkest’ Struggles in an Agonizing Confession

Published 09/18/2023, 8:16 PM EDT

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The past month has been quite challenging for Phil Mickelson. Not because of Lefty’s gameplay on the greens but due to the fact that Mickelson’s habitual gambling addictions once again made the headlines. Owing to the snippets from the upcoming book of Billy Walters who has been a co-partner of the athlete while gambling, many staggering details concerning the LIV golfer’s addiction came forth.

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Consequently, they made the golf world including Phil Mickelson recollect once again the problems that surrounded him during his dependency time. Hence, it wasn’t surprising to witness the professional just hours back honestly open up about his struggles. Although, Lefty did divulge his support system and hope for “calm and peace.”

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The 53-year-old LIV golfer Phil Mickelson’s gambling addiction comes as no news to anyone. However, the update surrounding it this time around does bring relief for Lefty’s fans. The LIV golf star took to his social media handles to share a detailed reflection on his betting addictions.

Referring to the upcoming Football season, the golfer revealed while everyone will be enjoying the game with “lots of fun and entertainment,” and bantering over fantasy league along with money lost or gained during betting, he will be taking a step back from his usual antics.


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It was the reminders from his family and loved ones who kept calling him “distracted” at various moments, that led to the golfer’s self-assessment. Not wanting to continue the negative effect he has had on his loved ones, the golfer explained wishing to get out of this “oblivious shelter.

Mickelson divulged having “crossed the line of moderation” as he further reflected on how the addiction snatches any fun out of the situation. Numbers surely side with the LIV golfer’s deliberation over his actions and putting a halt to it. Just some time ago, Billy Walters, had accused the 53-year-old of placing bets of $1 billion on sports events.


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In his book “Gambler,” the 77-year-old additionally even talked about the 3-time Masters winner allegedly approaching Gregory Silveria, a stockbroker, and requesting to transfer “several million dollars” from the golfer to an unknown account to settle his betting debts. Yet, while losing the amount seems like a burdensome situation, money wasn’t the issue, per the golf star.

However, while previously the LIV star had contemplated just letting the already set damage take its course, it is the presence of a strong support system that has allowed Phil Mickelson to continue on the improvement journey.

One person who stood beside Mickelson through his darkest times

As Phil Mickelson came forward with how his struggle with addiction looked like, he also reflected on the toll it took on the professional’s personal relationships. However, there was one person who did not abandon the golfer in his “darkest and most difficult times.” It was none other than his wife Amy Mickelson!


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Stressing the significance of a strong and supportive partner, Lefty mentioned his life partner. He expressed that she supported and loved him in his worst moments. Without Amy, the 6-time major winner did not believe that he could have gotten through the challenges he had created for himself.

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Thus, her strength, support, and commitment drew out sincere gratitude from the Californian native. Phil Mickelson felt that due to this encouragement and belief, he was able to get professional help and stay away from his weakness. In fact, his recovery allowed him to be “present in the moment” and live each day peacefully.


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Zipping back to the ongoing football season, Phil Mickelson revealed that he still has a long way to go with his loved ones. This has the LIV Golf pro trying his best and enjoying himself in moderation. Lefty’s strive toward betterment evolved from experience. He mentioned how the time spent with the ones you love is far more memorable than any winning bets or fantasy league triumphs.

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Areeba Basharat

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Areeba Basharat is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. She drives inspiration from the women players at the LPGA who've taken the sport to a level that allows female golfers to flourish and thrive with grace. Areeba defines her love for the sport by quoting legend, Michelle Wie West : "The first time I grabbed a golf club, I knew that I would do it for the rest of my life."

Edited By: Sameen Nawathe