Phil Mickelson claims he hasn’t played ‘in years and is almost a BILLIONAIRE’, as LIV Golf star boasts in Twitter feed
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After struggling with a gambling problem for years, Phil Mickelson says he has the problem under control – and is reaping the rewards of his high-priced LIV Golf contract.
Last year, Mickelson was given $200million to join the Saudi-backed breakaway golf league, but the three-time Masters winner hasn’t always been financially responsible.
According to Alan Shipnuck, who wrote a biography on the golfer, Mickelson lost more than $40 million gambling between 2010 and 2014.
“During those years of high earnings, his income was estimated to be just over $40 million a year,” Shipnuck wrote in an excerpt from the biography posted on The Fire Pit Collective.
Now, however, Mickelson says things have changed.
Phil Mickelson claimed he was close to being a billionaire in a Twitter thread on Friday
Reply to a Twitter user who asked him how his gambling addiction was going, Mickelson said: “I haven’t played in years. Almost a billionaire now. Thanks for asking the question.’
Another person fired back on the site, ‘I have to call bs here. This means that Phil does not play for money in practice rounds and occasional rounds. That’s the game.’
“There’s a * then,” Mickelson acknowledged. “We are capping at 1k. I would say it creates competition. But you could certainly say the opposite.
The golfer’s claim came after he responded to Golfweek columnist Eamon Lynch, after the writer tweeted a column titled “Phil Mickelson’s Twitter bluster can’t distract from his reality as a shameless pawn for murderers”.
Mickelson responded to that post by saying Lynch needed ‘professional help’ for his ‘obsession’ with the golfer, which followed with the aforementioned Twitter user asking Mickelson to get ‘professional help’ in this. about his game.
The 52-year-old spoke with Sports Illustrated of his gambling problem last year.
Mickelson hits from the bunker to the 18th green on day two of the LIV Golf Invitational – DC at Trump National Golf Club on May 27
“My game became reckless and embarrassing,” he said. ‘I had to answer it. And I’ve been dealing with it for several years. And for hundreds of hours of therapy. I feel good where I am. My family and I have been and have been financially secure for some time.
“Gambling has been a part of my life since I can remember. But about a decade ago I would say it got reckless. It’s embarrassing. I don’t like people knowing,” he said. he continued.
“The thing is, I’ve been dealing with it for a while. Amy was very supportive of this and with me and the process. After many years, we are where I feel comfortable. It’s not a threat to me or my financial security. It was just a number of bad decisions.
Contrary to Mickelson’s claims that he is almost a billionaire, Mickelson’s net worth is estimated to be around $400 million according to Golf Monthly.