Could Nick Saban or Jim Harbaugh get away with “losing” $5000 to recruits? Do you think Calipari and Krzyzewski have their wives play $5000 games of “H-O-R-S-E” with recruits?
Phil Mickelson, who remains a target of a continuing FBI investigation into illegal insider trading of Dean Foods stock options, lost $5000 in a bet to a 17-year-old Australian amateur Ryan Ruffels last December and is now blasting the kid for discussing the matter with the media:
“[Y]ou don’t discuss certain things. You don’t discuss specifics of what you play for. And you certainly don’t embellish and create a false amount just for your own benefit. So those things right there are — that’s high school stuff, and he’s going to have to stop doing that now that he’s out on the PGA Tour.”
You don’t discuss certain things? Is that what Billy Walters told you before the FBI interviewed you about Dean Foods and Clorox? Keep it down home, cuz, doncha know.
By the way, it is indeed “high school stuff.” The kid is 17 years old. In fact, the only reason you were playing him was because he was in high school; you wanted to convince him to play on your brother’s college golf team.
If Mickelson is now losing money to 17-year-olds, perhaps that might explain why he had to send nearly $3 million dollars to Gregory Silveira, famed money launderer.
There is a giant question that needs to be answered: Why was Phil Mickelson playing a money game with an amateur recruit for his brother’s golf team? The match was in December, and young Ruffels did not turn pro until January. The specifics of the bet were that the kid would collect immediately, but would not have to pay until he turned pro.
Now, do you think Nick Saban or Jim Harbaugh or Dabo Swinney’s brother could get away with “losing” $5000 to recruits? Do you think Calipari and Krzyzewski have their wives play $5000 games of H-O-R-S-E with recruits?
Just when you think Phil Mickelson has hit rock bottom, he finds a way to keep digging.
Mickelson’s brother should be fired, and Arizona State’s golf team should be put on probation. Bryson DeChambeau was deprived of a chance to repeat as NCAA champion for a far lesser infraction. One he had nothing to do with.
The golf media has always taken a “my, but isn’t that cute” attitude regarding Phil Mickelson’s gambling. The joke isn’t funny anymore.
By the way, midway through the second round at Torrey Pines, the 17-year-old is leading Phil Mickelson by a stroke.