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Playing Phil Mickelson for money

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Phil Mickelson tells a good story and this is a cracker. Speaking on the podcast the left-hander relates a tale of how he and Rickie Fowler once took on Brendan Steele and Keegan Bradley in a Tuesday money match at The Players.

What you need to know is that Bradley has been paying out for around a year and a half, he’s never won a penny and he’s all set to drop out of these pre-tournament get-togethers.

So this Tuesday at Sawgrass is going to be Bradley’s last if he has to pay out again.

Over to Mickelson: “Fast forward to the 12th green. Keegan and I have about a 16-footer and 14-footer, and I’m away. Now they’re 2 up. They’re 2 up. And as I’m standing over this putt, I back away, and I say, ‘Oh my goodness, this putt is the entire match.’

“And Keegan bit, and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, how so?’ which is what I was hoping he would say.

“And I said, ‘Well, if I miss, you’re going to make your putt. You have momentum, you’re going to make it, and you’re going to be 3 up with six to go, and you guys are going to win. But if I make it, you’re going to quick-peel yours low side. You’re going to be so pissed off, you and Brendan are going to give us a hole. Next thing you know, we’re going to be tied, Rickie and I are going to have momentum, we’re going to make a birdie or two coming in, probably beat you, 2 and 1.

“So I knock it in. I knock it in. And of either side he could have missed it on, he missed it low side. He quick-peeled it low side. Now they’re so pissed off, they both bogey the next hole, and we get that hole and now we’re tied. So Rickie and I birdie 15, 16 and 17, and win, 2 and 1.

“And I just chuckle about the story every time I hear it, because it’s just funny. And I don’t care about the money. I just love being able to – and I give him smack about this every time I see him.”

Bradley did take a year out but has since been back and has now won some matches.

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