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How Jason Sobel got hustled out of $100 by Phil Mickelson

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Are you a Jason Sobel fan? The longtime scribe — ex-Golf Channel, ex-ESPN, now writing for the Action Network — is not without his detractors. If you find yourself outside the ropes in this gallery, then you’ll like this story. And if you are a fan of Sobelian writing, well, then you’ll enjoy this story of Phil Mickelson and some seriously square bettors.

As Sobel tells, it, Mickelson rented out a restaurant for players, staffers, and media members the Saturday night of the 2013 Wells Fargo. (Total FIGJAM move: Hosting a party during a tournament…he was leading).

Mickelson had a pay-per-view fight on the TV, and he boldly announced to the room that wagering was encouraged.

Sobel writes after the card started, Mickelson addressed the crowd.

“He explained that the next bout featured Alexander Munoz, a man with the brilliant nickname “El Explosivo,” who counted 28 knockouts among his 36 career victories. He told the room that Munoz would be fighting against Leo Santa Cruz, who was not only 10 years less experienced, but he was moving up a weight class that night to challenge for the super bantamweight title.

“Then, like an experienced fisherman chumming the waters for his prize catch, Mickelson offered a wager.
“You know,” he said, as if the idea had just suddenly percolated in his mind, “I’m sort of liking this young kid. If anyone wants the favorite, I’ll take that bet at even money.”’

Of course, you already know how this story ends, El Explosivo was anything but, and Mickelson knew it. Anyone dumb enough to bet against Mickelson ended up a little lighter in the wallet.

Sobel, for his part, forked over his $100 to Lefty, who made his rounds picking the pockets of folks who should have known better.

Here’s Sobel’s full story

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Would you have done your due diligence?

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  1. Matt

    May 3, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Could not have happened to a bigger douche!

  2. Tiger

    May 3, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Ben, your post sound more like a middle school girl all over the last bit of drama, and that’s exactly how I picture you in life.

  3. Gill Weir

    May 2, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Who gives a flying bakers fu*k?

  4. Tyler Durden

    May 2, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Probably had inside information. We know phil loves inside information.

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