Pros advice

Mickelson sets record straight over lost bet


Two weeks ago it was widely reported how Phil Mickelson lost a $5k bet to teenage Aussie amateur Ryan Ruffels.

It was thought that the left-hander might have been trying to help recruit Ruffels for a place at Arizona State University where Mickelson’s brother Tim is the head coach.

Supposedly Ruffels, who has since turned pro, was given odds of 2-1 and a $2,500 bet was struck. The Aussie then birdied six of his last seven holes to win. Or maybe not.

Ruffels went on social media to play down the incident and stated that there had been inaccuracies with the amount, and his scoring.

The likelihood is that he won’t get a game with Mickelson in the near future after the three-time Masters champion had this to say in his press conference this week.

“He’s young,” Mickelson said, “and he’s got some things to learn.

"One of them is you don’t discuss certain things. You don’t discuss specifics of what you play for.

"And you certainly don’t embellish and create a false amount just for your own benefit.

"So those things right there are – that’s high school stuff, and he’s going to have to stop doing that now that he’s out on the PGA Tour.”


Keep up to date with all the latest news & videos
Latest News
  • AG News: Garcia named European Tour Golfer of the Year

    The Golfer of the Year – an award Ballesteros won on three occasions in 1986, ‘88 and ‘91 – is voted for by the golf media. He beat off competition from Rose, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton and Rookie of the Year Jon Rahm...
    Read more

  • AG News: McDowell and Lowry come up just short as Stricker wins Shootout at 50

    Presidents Cup skipper Steve Stricker returned to the winner's circle after capturing the QBE Shootout with compatriot Sean O'Hair...
    Read more

  • AG News: Sharma completes fairy-tale week in South Africa

    Shubhankar Sharma showed no signs of nerves in notching up his first European Tour win plus the best of the action...
    Read more

More news
 View More Button
Latest Videos
  • Video: Top 5 Winter On-course Coaching Tips

    In this video, PGA Pro Nick Taylor brings us five tips to help players perform better on the green in winter...
    Read more

  • AG News: American Golf Christmas Ad 2017

    The 2017 American Golf Christmas ad has landed, and this year it is packed with amazing deals and offers. From golf balls and clothing through to golf clubs and equipment, there's sure to be something here to entice every golfer this festive season...
    Read more

  • Video: Winter On-course Coaching Tips - Chipping onto the green in winter

    Nick Taylor shows us how to chip onto the green in winter by offering some vital tips and hints to give you the best chance of success on the golf course...
    Read more

More news
View More Button