Phil Mickelson is one of the most controversial golfers in the community today. The six-time major winner has made many records on the field and has received a lot of negative buzzes after he made some nasty comments about the PGA Tour in an off-camera interview.
Mickelson is amazing at making easy money. The golfer has skills like no one else when it comes to playing short games for a few bucks. But he also knows how to raise the game once he begins.
Mickelson once offered to bet $1,000 for a simple stroke match with Nick Watney. It was during the 2010 British Open and the athlete somehow agreed to play against Mickelson for the money. The rules were simple – the highest scorer takes all! As expected, Mickelson won the match, winning the bet, and Watney paid him the $1,000 with a word of appreciation
That is when Mickelson changed the game. He took the money, looked at it carefully for a second, and immediately returned it to Watney. Lefty said, “This is Britain, I need pounds”. Watney was shocked and stared at Mickelson hoping that the golf ace was throwing a joke his way. But little did Watney know that Phil Mickelson does not like joking in matters of money.
Phil Mickelson used the terms “reckless” and “embarrassing” when he talked about his gambling habits. According to his biography written by Alan Shipnuck, Mickelson suffered around $40 million in gambling between 2010-2014. To overcome this undying habit of gambling, the golf star had to go through hours of therapy.