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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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Hungover Eddie Pepperell is the real winner of The Open

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Eddie Pepperell is never dull. The Englishman’s candor, articulateness, and skill with a pen make him a great follow on Twitter and beyond.

But even given standard Peperellian forthrightness, it was surprising to hear this: Pepperell was hungover during the final round at Carnoustie…a round in which he fired a 4-under 67.

Pepperell finished tied for sixth at 5-under, three strokes behind Francesco Molinari, and he offered this admission in his final-round press conference.

“I was a little hungover…I had too much to drink last night. And I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn’t say a write-off, but I didn’t feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn’t have been heartbreaking. But as it happens, I shot 67. So, you know, it’s a funny game.”

Hitting the course before the winds kicked up, Pepperell birdied the third, fifth, sixth, and 14th holes before rolling in another at the 17th.

He clarified that he’s no wino.

“Listen, I wouldn’t always have a drink the night before. Sometimes I have a few drinks. Tiger is minus-7, he didn’t have a drink last night, I bet. Proper athlete…I didn’t really have that much to drink, just I’m a lightweight, yeah.”

Pepperell clarified that he felt okay this morning, but woke up in the middle of the night feeling poorly. he said. Then it was time to sit back and watch as the leaders battled Carnoustie’s back nine.

Proper athlete or no, Pepperell finished tied with Woods at 5 under.

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Pat Perez: The R&A “do it right, not like the USGA”

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Pat Perez opened The Open, as it were, with a 2-under 69, and at the time of this writing, he’s 4 under for the second round and tied for the lead.

Clearly, there’s something Double P likes about links golf. And when he was asked whether he was surprised by how receptive the greens at Carnoustie were after his opening round, Perez shook his head with conviction and said.

“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA…They’ve got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you’ve got the greens receptive. They’re not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn’t. The course is just set up perfect.”

“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”

Pat Perez has no problem speaking his mind. While it has gotten him in trouble in the past, you have to respect his candor. The interesting question, as I asked in the Morning 9, is how many Tour pros agree him?

Sure, it’s unlikely any of Perez’s compatriots will join him publicly in his “R&A does it right, USGA does it wrong” stance, but it’d be very interesting to know what percentage are of the same mind.

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68 at the British Open in the morning, golf with hickories at St Andrews in the afternoon

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Yes, golf fans, just another day in the charmed life (or week, at least) of one Brandon Stone.

Stoney (as I assume his friends call him), came to Carnoustie on the heels of a final-round 60 to win the Scottish Open. All he did in his opening round was fire a 3-under 68. Not bad!

But his Thursday to remember was only getting started as Stone made the 25-mile trip south to the Old Course to peg it…with a set of hickory clubs! Well played, sir, well played.

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