The golf icon is well-known for his love of gambling, but a biographer who got some early access to the book claimed that the author, Billy Walters, who is a former associate of Mickelson’s, devoted two chapters to the 53-year-old filled with information and receipts that would still come off as shocking.
The book, “Gambler: Secrets From A Life At Risk” is said to have revealed that Mickelson spent over $1 billion on sports over the last three decades, per Darren Rovell of Action Network, with The Fire Pit Collective having published an excerpt this Thursday.
It’s alleged that Phil wagered said amount on football, basketball, and baseball and once tried to place a $400,000 bet on Team USA in the 2012 Ryder Cup, which he was a part of.
In the book, Walters writes he got a call from Phil asking him to place the bet on said cup for him while he was at the tournament and offered an angry refusal.
“Have you lost your F Ing mind?” he recalls saying. “Don’t you remember what happened to Pete Rose?”
Walters claims it “was nothing for Mickelson to bet $20,000 a game on long-shot, five-team NBA parlays” or throw $100,000-$200,000 on a single game.
He also asserts that the golfer made 1,115 bets of $110,000 to win $100,000 and 858 bets of $220,000 to win $200,000 between 2010-2014.
Mickelson is said to have made an average of nine bets a day in 2011 and, one day in June that year, lost $143,500 after making 43 bets on MLB games.
“The only person I know who surpassed that type of volume is me,” he added.
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