Phil Mickelson Who Lost Over $40 Million in Gambling Once Revealed the Real Reason Behind Him Playing Wager in Golf

Published 08/26/2022, 7:45 AM EDT
Golf – The inaugural LIV Golf Invitational – Centurion Club, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Britain – June 10, 2022 Team Hy Flyer’s Phil Mickelson of the U.S. during the second round REUTERS/Paul Childs
Ever since his debut, Phil Mickelson has successfully managed to position himself as one of the biggest names in the sport. With ample experience and an aggressive style of play, it goes without saying that the American is well versed in his game.

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Going back in time to 2003, Mickelson suffered a slight drop in his form. Not winning a single tournament, he finished outside the Top 30 in the money list for the first time in his career. In his quest for victory, the former World No. 2 indulged in a conversation with a media house. During the conversation, he opened up about the reason for his inclination towards two of the betting forms of golf – Hammer and Skins.

Phil Mickelson reasons his love for Hammer and Skins

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Often referred to as the game of the rich, golf is not new to betting. Ever since it came to limelight, golf has rightly walked hand in hand with the concept of betting. It has also been the primary reason for the coming up of betting game formats such as Hammer and Skins.

Going by the definition, Hammer and Skins are forms of golf having a certain amount of bet on every hole in a game. While Skins has a fixed monetary value for each hole, Hammers, on the hand, has an appreciable value depending upon the player’s position.

Considering Mickelson‘s addiction to gambling, it is largely assumed that the monetary part has been the primary reason for him loving the two concepts. It is reported that Mickelson once also suffered gambling losses of over $40 million. However, instead of the monetary part, it was understanding the importance of each putt that inclined Mickelson towards these forms of betting.

Nov 12, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phil Mickelson reacts after hitting to the green of the 17th hole during the second round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship golf tournament at Phoenix Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

During the conversation, he started by asserting, “The reason we play Hammer or play Skins is because each putt matters…It gets us in a frame of mind that each three- or four-footer makes a difference,” he further added.

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Similar to every sportsperson, golfers also undergo moments of pressure during tournaments. While players opt for different ways to handle this pressure, for Mickelson it was Hammer and Skins that helped him. Going ahead in the conversation, he further opened up by saying, “It gives us a chance to prepare for the pressure that we will feel during the tournament.”

The game of Hammer allows an opponent to double the bet when in a scoring position. Something that rightly gives an added importance to each shot in the game. Elaborating on it, Mickelson ended by asserting, “Hammer allows you to double the bet. It makes each shot critical.”

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Following Mickelson’s views on Hammer and Skins, what are your opinions about it? Do let us know in the comments below.

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Ahmar Wasif

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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.

Edited By: Manaal Siddiqui

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