Yewti-Phil Mickelson believed his move to LIV Golf was going to give him a better opportunity to compete for professional wins as his game starts to decline. That hasn’t exactly been the case through two events, as the 52-year-old has shot over par five times in six rounds and hasn’t finished better than 33rd out of 48 players.
It’s been a rough start to his LIV Golf career, but it just proves he clearly couldn’t hack it on the PGA Tour any longer.
Phil Mickelson continues to embarrass himself with LIV Golf
P. Mickelson has become the face of the LIV Golf Invitational Series, but he hasn’t been a factor in either of the first two tournaments of the rival golf league.
In London earlier this month, Lefty started off strong with a 1-under par first round, but he shot 5-over and 6-over the next two days to finish in a tie for 33rd place at +10. His play didn’t improve when LIV Golf made its United States debut in Portland, Oregon over the weekend. Mickelson shot 75, 75, and 76 in the event to finish once again at 10-over par. This time, he tied for 40th place in the 48-man field.
P. Mickelson did have some highlights at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club over the weekend, like this approach shot during his second round that set up an easy birdie:
"That's just Phil!" 🤷♂️
— LIV Golf (@LIVGolfInv) July 1, 2022
But Lefty is simply not who he used to be as a golfer, and he may never reach that level again. The six-time major winner is 20-over par through six rounds of his LIV Golf Career, and he’s +41 over his last 13 professional rounds played.
Phil Mickelson already embarrassed himself and ruined his reputation with his Saudi comments earlier this year, and now he’s doing the same on the golf course. It’s hard to believe anyone feels sorry for him at this point, though.
Keep cashing those checks, Phil.
Phil Mickelson Candidly Admits to ‘Reckless’ and ‘Embarrassing’ Gambling That Cost Him $40 Million
Phil Mickelson hasn’t teed it up in a professional event since January, but he’s been the talk of the golf world ever since then. It all started with his jarring comments about Saudi Arabia and the LIV Golf league back in February, and it only intensified last month when golf writer Alan Shipnuck revealed Mickelson lost $40 million gambling over a four-year stretch.
As Lefty gets ready to help kick off the LIV Golf Invitational in London this weekend, he opened up about his gambling problems and admitted it became “reckless” and “embarrassing.”
Phil Mickelson lost more than $40 million gambling from 2010-14
June 9, 2022
We’ve known for years that Mickelson loves to gamble. Many professional golfers do. But not many love it enough to lose $40 million over the span of four years.
According to Shipnuck, the author of the upcoming biography “Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar,” that’s exactly what Lefty did about a decade ago.
“Mickelson’s love of gambling is fundamental to understanding his style of play as a golfer. It might also explain the Saudi seduction,” Shipnuck wrote for Fire Pit Collective last month. “… Mickelson had gambling losses totaling more than $40 million in the four-year period (2010–14) that was scrutinized. In those prime earning years, his income was estimated to be just north of $40 million a year.”
Now that Mickelson’s gambling losses have become public knowledge, he’s been forced to face the music and own up to his mistakes.
Mickelson opens up about his “reckless” and “embarrassing” gambling problems
Instead of denying the gambling allegations, Mickelson admitted to his problem and candidly revealed he’s been working hard to fix it.
“My gambling got to a point of being reckless and embarrassing,” Mickelson said in a recent interview with Bob Harig of Sports Illustrated. “I had to address it. And I’ve been addressing it for a number of years. And for hundreds of hours of therapy. I feel good where I’m at there. My family and I are and have been financially secure for some time.
“Gambling has been part of my life ever since I can remember. But about a decade ago is when I would say it became reckless. It’s embarrassing. I don’t like that people know. The fact is I’ve been dealing with it for some time. Amy (his wife) has been very supportive of it and with me and the process. We’re at place after many years where I feel comfortable with where that is. It isn’t a threat to me or my financial security. It was just a number of poor decisions.”
Luckily for Mickelson, he was able to earn back that $40 million many times over. He also received a cool $200 million for signing with the LIV Golf Invitational Series, so his bank account is going to be just fine going forward.