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Biographer claims this is the shock real reason why Mickelson and caddie Bones split

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According to an upcoming biography, Phil Mickelson lost an astounding $40 million gambling between 2010 and 2014.

Later this month, the biography called  “Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar” will be released. The biography is written by Alan Shipnuck and will chronicle many of Mickelson’s financial escapades.

The biography will also include an analysis of  documents that were compiled when government auditors conducted an investigation into Mickelson’s finances during the time he was entangled in an insider trading case involving professional gambler Billy Walters. In the case, Mickelson wasn’t accused of wrongdoing but was ordered to pay back a portion of his stock gains based on a tip he recieved from Walters who was sentenced to five years in prison,

Shipnuck concluded that during those years, Phil lost most or all of his yearly earnings gambling.

“In those prime earning years, his income was estimated to be just north of $40 million a year,” Shipnuck wrote. “That’s an obscene amount of money, but once he paid his taxes (including the California tariffs he publicly railed against), he was left with, what, low-20s? Then he had to cover his plane and mansion(s), plus his agent, caddie, pilots, chef, personal trainer, swing coaches and sundry others.

“Throw in all the other expenses of a big life — like an actual T. Rex skull for a birthday present — and that leaves, what, $10 million? Per the government audit, that’s roughly how much Mickelson averaged in annual gambling losses. (And we don’t know what we don’t know.) In other words, it’s quite possible he was barely breaking even, or maybe even in the red. And Mickelson’s income dropped considerably during his winless years from 2014 to ’17.”

Another fascinating tidbit of information Shipnuck offers is the reasoning for Phil’s split with his longtime caddie, Jim “Bones” Mackay in 2017. The author states that disputes over hundreds of thousands of dollars that Mickelson owed Mackay were at the heart of the separation.

In an excerpt of the book recently published at the Fire Pit Collective, Shipnuck writes:

“Bones had fired Phil at the ’17 Memorial, over a series of simmering grievances, including hundreds of thousands of dollars in overdue back pay.”

Shipnuck also speculates that the “real motivation” behind Mickelson’s involvement in the LIV Golf Series was the amount of money that Phil could make by joining, considering his finances from all of the gambling losses.

Mickelson has been of the grid since the controversy regarding his involvement with the Saudi backed golf league, and it’s unclear whether or not he will attempt to defend his title at the PGA Championship later this month.

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  6. Tom Kay

    May 8, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    $40 million would help me out a little.

  7. CrashTestDummy

    May 7, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    Those are some serious claims without having both sides of the story and factual information to back it up. I highly doubt Shipnuck has insider information on Mickelson’s finances. More to the story and it is just speculation and hearsay at this point. You would think that Bones would had pursued a lawsuit if he was not paid hundreds of thousands?

  8. Lesnar

    May 7, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    Shipnuck’s conclusion about Mickelson’s finances is speculation. Besides that what business is it of us to know Phil’s finances? How would anyone like their finances skewed for the world to see? It is not my business how Mickelson has spent money he has earned. The morality police will be out in full force telling Phil had to live.

  9. Eastpointe

    May 7, 2022 at 7:04 am

    Gambling is a real addiction. Just as addicting as drugs or alcohol. Only difference is a much higher intended suicide rate. I hope Phil is getting the help he needs.

  10. Jack Nash

    May 6, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    There’s a reason why they call this Bio “Unotherized”.

  11. Professor

    May 6, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    More money more problems! Shipnuck is certainly credible but damn. I’ve heard some pretty interesting stories from the caddies at Sawgrass, where a bunch of Tour pros live and practice. It’s Phil’s money but he sure is smelling like a cheapskate. How do you even corroborate a story like this? I mean, Bones isn’t going to say anything.

  12. ericsokp

    May 6, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    Having lived in Las Vegas for several years, I never understood the attraction of gambling and was continually amazed when I would walk into a doughnut shop, grocery store, convenience store, etc. at any hour of the day or night and see people playing video poker games. I once asked one of my neighbors who was a dealer at one of the major casino’s on the strip as to which game offered the best odds of winning; his answer was “NONE OF THEM!’. When I asked him about betting on sports as an alternative, he couldn’t stop laughing …

  13. Hulieo Aeglesis

    May 6, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    Mickelson and Daly WASTED tons of $$$ on gambling and IMHO, that’s DUMB to the core…

  14. golfmajor

    May 6, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    So disappointing to read this about Phil. No judgement on my part about his gambling..his money was his to do what he wanted except for owing Jim Mackay hundreds of thousands of earnings. Absolutely no excuse for not paying your employees, especially those key to your success, their salaries on time. My admiration for Phil has dropped significantly.

  15. Jubby

    May 6, 2022 at 9:22 am

    It sounds crazy but whether you make 20 grand a year or 20 million a year you can still live paycheck to paycheck.

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John Daly had a blunt reason for why Tiger Woods’ PGA Championship went south

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Tiger Woods’ PGA Championship tilt ended in an early withdrawal, with the 15-time major champion pulling out of the event after Saturday’s third round of 79.

Woods was seen limping throughout his week at Southern Hills, but his valiant effort still resulted in his second made cut in consecutive majors this year.

However, according to John Daly, Tiger Woods could have gotten in the mix at last week’s PGA Championship had he decided not to walk the course.

“I guarantee you that if Tiger used a cart this week, he’d be on the leaderboard.” Daly said to Golf.com

There is plenty of irony in the comment, considering Woods was once critical of Daly for using a golf cart on the course.

Back in 2019, before the PGA Championship Tiger said “As far as JD taking a cart, well, I walked with a broken leg, so,”

Daly made it clear in an appearance on the “Full Send Podcast” earlier this year that there weren’t any hard feelings stemming from Woods’ 2019 comment. He blamed the media for Woods’ apparent misunderstanding of the situation.

“Yeah, but he didn’t know the facts because the media, ‘the media’ (sarcastic gesture) didn’t tell him I had diabetes and I had a bad two knees and my hips out and all this stuff. He apologized to me at dinner the other night. I mean, he’s fine. I love Tiger.”

There’s no doubt that a cart could have helped Woods, considering he was only able to play 54 holes before withdrawing from the PGA Championship due to his physical pain. However, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Woods has continued to insist on walking.

A few months ago, Tiger made it clear that he won’t be using a golf cart in a professional tournament. “That’s just not who I am. That’s not how I have always been, and if I can’t play at that level, I can’t play at that level,” said Woods.

Daly also played in the PGA Championship and got off to a hot start, before struggling on Friday and missing the cut at +8.

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Was this the key off-course detail that helped Justin Thomas win the PGA Championship?

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Whether recreational or professional, most participants in any sport now take an avid interest in the monitoring of their fitness, performance, sleep, and recovery, and golfers are no different, seemingly always at the forefront of statistics and numbers on and off the course.

Advertising themselves as having ‘the latest, most advanced fitness and health wearable available’, Whoop has released the figures behind Justin Thomas’ latest victory, a play-off win at the PGA Championship – the second major win of his career.

With the Whoop 4.0 able to monitor all the vital statistics and more, it also has the facility to wake up the wearer at the optimal time based on sleep needs and cycles. Based on those, JT had a cracking week.

The company revealed that the 29-year-old woke up with ideal green recoveries on Friday (89%) and Saturday (88%) before going into his final round off a third ‘green’ night.

Indeed, Saturday night was JT’s best of the lot, recording a 100% sleep performance and 89% green recovery score. As the company tweeted, “JT’s accomplishments this weekend are performance, unlocked”

Fully rested and visibly prepared to overcome a seven shot deficit on Sunday afternoon, the data reveals he was clearly unworried through the night with 2.5 hours of REM, 1:50 slow wave sleep (+13 mins over 30-day average) and 9:50 time in bed (1:24 over 30-day average).

Even when it got tight, JT seemed as relaxed as he may have been throughout that nine hours of sleep, and even a very awkward shot couldn’t put him off his stroke!

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Golfer shoots round of 64 over par at prestigious qualifier

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The BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship is one of the biggest events in the American amateur game. Some of the best local and national amateurs showed up this past weekend to play at Inniscrone Golf Club, Pennsylvania.

This year, Alex Seelig and Jack Wallace shared the top spot posting a score of even par. The cut line was 5-over par, which resulted in 16 players advancing through to the championship which will take place in June.

Surprisingly, the golfers who shot the lowest scores weren’t the ones who grabbed the headlines.

Zane Pysher of Green Pond Country Club shot a 64-over-par round of 134 that included a score of 18 on the 17th hole. The Twitter account  Monday Q Info was in attendance and provided the details of the hole.

“Well we hit the 5th hour mark on the 17th tee and his first [ball] didn’t clear the hazard. He hit 4 ball[s] in the hazard from where he had to take a drop so the rules official had him drop on the other side than he hit his 10th shot right behind a tree. Proceeded to hit his 11th right into the tree and had to duck to not get hit by it then punched out, hit, then hit his 13th in the hazard. Put his 15th on the green and made his 18.”

The 122nd BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship will take place June 13-15 and 18 at Philadelphia Country Club and Union League National Golf Club – Liberty Hill.

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