April 9th, 2008, 08:16 AM
got this emailed to me yesterday--it's been circulating around wall street--not sure if I believe all the details, but an interesting story nonetheless.
From GolfWeek Insider.....
MICKELSON'S GAMBLING DEBTS CAUSE UPROAR AMONG AUGUSTA MEMBERS
Last week Phil Mickelson was playing a practice round at Augusta and went away from protocol and convinced his playing partners to up the stakes in the usual $1 game. It was Mickelson versus the other three which included some of the deepest pockets among the membership. The stakes: $5000 skins and a pot of $130,000, $100,000 of which was contributed by Mickelson for the low net score - Mickelson would play off scratch.
According to one of the threesome which obviously will remain anonymous, "everything was going great until the back 9 when Mickelson really could not believe the good fortune of 'chuckie'. He was draining everything on the greens and when he missed the green twice he had two chip-ins. Phil's lead on the scorecard looked safe but in the clubhouse we added it up and lo and behold, Phil owed $200,000." And then it got ugly. The stories by witnesses conflict, but in effect Mickelson tried to pass the bets off as laugh on the first tee and insisted "there was no way he would bet hundreds of thousands on golf." Mickelson believed the standard one dollar game was in effect.
The threesome was having none of it and before you know it the foursome was sitting in the office of Billy Payne who was none too happy about the loud conversations taking place in the dining room. But even in the privacy of the office, Mickelson was being very difficult. According to the same anonymous member: "Phil slipped up and admitted that he initiated the stakes and set the terms of the bet. Then he protested at having to pay so much and offered 30 cents on the dollar right then and there, take it or leave it. Billy was aghast and told Phil, you will arrange to pay every dollar or you will never be welcome at Augusta again, TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT. Mickelson tried to protest and even made a snide remark that Billy couldn't stop him from being welcome at Augusta every April. Billy simply asked are you taking it or leaving it."
Mickelson later called his accountant with the banking details of 'chuckie' and an arrangement was made for a wire transfer of an undisclosed amount. The worse of this may not be over as the other member of the threesome was upset enough to call the PGA Tour. When contacted for a comment, the PGA Tour declined to comment and would not even acknowledge whether or not they have been contacted about the conflict at Augusta National.
April 9th, 2008, 10:12 AM
Not that I can't believe, that Philly Mick would gamble on the golf course, because I'm sure he does. But I think that all of the PGA guys hold Augusta in such reverence, that they would not do anything to upset the benefits they get there. Particularly a past champ.
FWIW I checked Golfweek insider and find no such references
April 9th, 2008, 10:15 AM
i find it ahrd to believe it got that out of hand myslef--+ you make a good point w/ the respect pga players have for augusta. everyone ive sent it to has been like ..BS/no way...I kind of agree and did the same search looking for a point of refrence..
April 9th, 2008, 10:53 AM
Phil made a deal with God a few years ago that he would give up gambling in exchange for the health of his ailing son.
April 9th, 2008, 11:03 AM
I thought that was the case...
here is part of an interview conducted during the masters week in 05'
Q. When you won here, there was a great fascination with you both on and off the course. An off-the-course question, you were quoted in Golf Magazine recently saying that you made the decision two years ago to stop gambling --
PHIL MICKELSON: I never said that.
Q. The quote that I have here is, "I heard" -- this the question. "I heard you haven't gambled since 2003; is that true?" And your quote here is, "Yes, it is, March, actually." I was wondering why.
PHIL MICKELSON: I just referred to my book, Chapter 13 and I'll do the same with you.