Mickelson 'fired' from ASU coaching position

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Phil Mickelson is out of a job.

Sure, he’s still a world-class golfer and second on the PGA Tour’s all-time money list, but his run as an assistant coach at Arizona State is over.

“I recently got fired from that position,” Mickelson said.

Tim Mickelson serves as Arizona State’s head coach, and in November he appointed his older brother as the Sun Devils’ latest assistant. As he explained Wednesday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the elder Mickelson had been contacting prospects on behalf of his alma mater.


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“We had developed a plan to where I could call some recruits,” he said. “We weren’t really going to say anything, and hadn’t said anything for a few weeks, until one of the players had tweeted it and it looked like there were some improprieties, which there weren’t.

“So we had to publicly announce I was assistant captain, otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to make the phone calls I had been making.”

The side gig only lasted two months though, as Mickelson was discharged of his duties once the calendar hit January.

“My brother needed a real assistant to help out with a bunch of the things going on, with the traveling,” he said. “So I got fired.”