Golf supremo Phil Mickelson has candidly addressed questions about his gambling past in an exclusive interview with Sports Illustrated.
the golfer’s response touched on many areas, including gambling
Mickelson made the comments in response to queries surrounding an upcoming $25m breakaway golf tournament. The reporter asked whether he needed the prize money from the competition due to financial difficulties. As SI writer Bob Harig shared via Twitter, the golfer’s response touched on many areas, including gambling:
Mickelson said that he and his family have been financially stable “for some time.” However, he also candidly acknowledged that: “My gambling got to a point of being reckless and embarrassing. I had to address it.” The 51-year-old added that he has spent “hundreds of hours on therapy” for his gambling addiction.
In relation to his gambling demons, Mickelson said he feels “good where I’m at.” He also denied that he needed the cash from the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series in the UK, due to tee off later this week.
In the SI interview, Mickelson delved even deeper into his emotions, describing gambling as a part of his life “ever since I can remember.” The golfer, however, pinpointed a time around ten years ago when his gambling “became reckless.”
Mickelson labeled his gambling past embarrassing, confessing that he doesn’t like that people know about it. That said, he added that he feels more in control now. “We’re at a place after many years where I feel comfortable with where that is,’’ he said. “It isn’t a threat to me or my financial security. It was just a number of poor decisions.’’
Final questions and the future
SI also asked Mickelson about his habit of gambling on the golf course during practice rounds, but the golfer brushed off this wagering as simply a way of “creating competition.” He contrasted this with off-course wagering and all the addiction and anxiety that comes with it.
I’ve come away with a balance in my life’’
“I’ve spent a lot of time doing therapy and dealing with issues that I have.’’ Mickelson added. “But I’ve come away with a balance in my life and a renewed excitement and energy to get back to playing golf.’’