Phil Mickelson Responds to Betting Allegations in New Book Excerpt
Renowned golfer Phil Mickelson has recently found himself in the spotlight following the release of an explosive book excerpt by Billy Walters. The excerpt, from Walters’ upcoming book “Gambler: Secrets from a Life at Risk,” claims that Mickelson has wagered a staggering $1 billion over the past three decades and approached Walters about placing bets on the 2012 Ryder Cup. In response to these allegations, Mickelson has issued a statement denying any involvement in betting on the Ryder Cup and reiterating his commitment to maintaining the integrity of the golf game.
Amidst a LIV Golf Pro-Am event at Trump Bedminster, Phil Mickelson addressed the recent allegations made by Billy Walters in his upcoming book. Mickelson firmly denies ever betting on the Ryder Cup, emphasizing that he would never compromise the integrity of the game. In a statement provided by Evin Priest of Golf Digest Australia, Mickelson acknowledges his love for friendly wagers during golf rounds but assures that he has taken responsibility for his previous gambling addiction and sought help to overcome it.
According to Walters’ book excerpt, Mickelson supposedly contemplated placing a $400,000 wager on Team USA to win the 2012 Ryder Cup. However, Mickelson denies going through with the bet, stating that he was dissuaded by Walters himself, who questioned the decision. While Mickelson refutes the specific Ryder Cup bet, he does not dispute the fact that he has engaged in gambling activities over the years, nor does he challenge the financial figures Walters presents.
Mickelson acknowledges his past struggles with gambling addiction and expresses remorse for any consequences his actions may have caused. He emphasizes his commitment to therapy and personal growth, stating that he has received proper help and is in a positive place mentally. By openly discussing his challenges, Mickelson aims to shed light on the importance of addressing personal obstacles and seeking assistance to overcome them.
Despite denying the specific Ryder Cup bet, Phil Mickelson does not dispute the claim made by Walters that he has lost $100 million over the past three decades. Additionally, Walters mentions that Mickelson lost $143,500 in a single day in June 2011. While Mickelson does not directly address these figures in his statement, his response suggests that he is focused on his progress and overall well-being rather than dwelling on past financial losses related to gambling.
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