The rumours have Mickelson playing Monday games for up to $100K, not insignificant money.
Hard to say what the truth is here — the rumored SI story never appeared.
But I do know Mickelson would often play high-profile businessman in high stakes games. I personally know of a group of three Calgary businessmen who were approached in Arizona about playing a round with Phil. The bet on the game was staggering, but involved the Calgary oilmen playing a better ball against Phil. At the end of the day, they were down tens of thousands and had to pay up. The No. 1 golfer in the group pulled out his chequebook and offered to write a cheque for the debt. He was told no, this is a cash deal. Apparently the golfer then had to call his bank to get the money wired down to a bank in Arizona.
So is Phil really sticking by what he told a major golf magazine in a recent interview and not wagering on anything? That’s the question everyone wants to know.