This time it’s Tim Mickelson, not his brother Phil, at the center of a lawsuit.
Phil Mickelson, if you’ll recall, was named as a relief defendant in an insider-trading suit last year after receiving “ill-gotten gains as a result of others’ illegal acts,” when he acted on an inside tip on Dean Foods. Mickelson later forfeited the $931,000 he profited from the transaction and was not ultimately charged.
Per the Cour d’Alene Press, Tim Mickelson was the passenger in a golf cart crash that caused significant injury to Alicia McFadden, who was working as a caddie for Mickelson and the golfer driving the cart at Gozzer Ranch Golf and Lake Club’s Bull Rush tournament in August 2015.
Mickelson, then the Arizona State University golf coach, and the driver, David Harbour, were both allegedly drunk and shirtless. McFadden indicates Harbour was driving recklessly before the crash.
While there is an abundance of jokes to be made about Mickelson learning such behavior at ASU, which is routinely one of the top party schools in the country, it’s worth remembering McFadden claims she was seriously hurt. Not a laughing matter.
The report indicates McFadden was on the back of the cart prior to the crash, a position often occupied by caddies when a duo of golfers are riding, rather than walking. It’s a sub-optimal arrangement in the best of circumstances, but given the relative speeds of a golf cart and a person walking, it’s the one most courses settle on.
Attorneys for Gozzer Ranch, whom it seems McFadden is suing, indicate there’s no evidence Harbour (or Mickelson, for that matter) were drunk. It’s unclear, however, what, if anything, this would mean from a liability standpoint.
Tim Mickelson was most recently in the news for picking up his brother’s bag when Phil’s long-time caddie, Bones, was stricken with a stomach bug at the WGC-Mexico Championship. Prior to that, we last heard about the “other Mickelson,” when he stepped down as ASU golf coach to manage rookie sensation Jon Rahm (an ASU alum).
Although there is no proof that the two were drinking, their reckless behavior points it’s fingers towards the booze. These golfers were smart by not “drinking and driving” and instead, got famously hammered the responsible way.