The world has officially gone mad. Terrorism is running wild, the 2016 Presidential race has turned into a soap opera and David Bowie is dead. What other catastrophic events could pollute the world anymore?
Try pro golfers gambling with kids. Yep. This week, the Sydney Herald released a story where Phil Mickelson is reported to have gambled $5,000 with a 17 year old Australian kid – and lost.
Aussie teen Ryan Ruffels has been contemplating joining the pro ranks versus going to a U.S. college. Mickelson, who knows Ruffels’ old brother, had been trying to convince the 17 hear old to play for the Sun Devils. When the two met one early morning for a tee time at Mickelson’s home course, the 4-time major champion just couldn’t help himself, according to Ruffels.
“We get on the first tee, it’s pretty early in the morning and Mickelson says, ‘I don’t wake up this early to play for any less than $2,500,’ ” Ruffels said.
Mickelson – a well known gambler – said he would pay double if he lost the wager.
“I was a few down through nine but then I birdied six of my last seven to win by one shot and took his money, so that was pretty cool,” Ruffels continued.
Upon realizing he may have broken NCAA rules which strongly prohibit gambling, Ruffels took to Instagram to say the story was “inaccurate” and claimed the wager had been “exaggerated.”
“Everyone, this is very inaccurate. There are no NCAA violations involved. At the time of the round I was already a professional, and had made it clear my intentions to not attend ASU or any college in Australia or the USA. The wager amount has also been exaggerated out of proportion. I value the relationship I have with Phil and his brother Tim and it’s one that I hope to have for many years. To have so many damaging inaccuracies in this is truly disappointing”
Ironically, Ruffels took Mickelson’s money but not his wisdom. The Aussie sensation has recently turned professional and will begin his PGA TOUR career with two special exemptions at the Farmers Insurance Open and the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Good on you, boy.