Phil Mickelson has bet 50 college basketball games in 20 minutes

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Phil Mickelson’s alleged gambling adrenaline reached ominous heights in front of a reporter who admittedly was uncomfortable with what he had seen.

In a forthcoming book entitled Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar, author Alan Shipnuck tells a story about renowned golf reporter John Hawkins, who eventually found himself alone with Mickelson at the Tour Championship in a locker room was in the 2000s.

In a book excerpt published on the Fire Pit Collective website, Shipnuck wrote that Mickelson pulled out his phone in front of Hawkins and quickly began placing bets on preseason college basketball games.

“In 20 minutes he must have made 50 bets,” Hawkins says, according to the book. “It was like he was showing off.”

At the time, Hawkins’ then-wife was working for Hugo Boss and assisting Mickelson with his clothing business.

Phil Mickelson in February 2022
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“I wondered about Phil’s motivation for being so bold in front of me,” says Hawkins. “Did he try to co-opt me? Has he tested my loyalty?”

He never wrote about the gambling frenzy.

In the forthcoming book, Shipnuck delves into Mickelson’s earlier gambling problems in the 2010s after records from an insider trading case revealed the golfer’s financial crisis.

According to his biographer, Mickelson suffered a staggering $40 million in gambling losses between 2010 and 2014.

The author also noted that Mickelson’s lavish spending piled on his gambling losses.

“Throw in all the other expenses of a great life — like a real T. rex skull as a birthday present — and that leaves, eh, $10 million?” Shipnuck writes.

Shipnuck has previously published Mickelson’s controversial comments about a Saudi-backed golf league. Phil Mickelson has bet 50 college basketball games in 20 minutes

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