PARAMUS, N.J. – Phil Mickelson is no stranger to making a wager. He just usually doesn’t make one while playing the 18th hole of a tournament round.
Knowing he was about to miss the Barclays secondary cut on Saturday morning and with his ball nestled in the thick rough just left of the 18th fairway, Mickelson turned a challenge from a fan into a friendly wager.
“Just $20. I gave him 4-to-1 odds. I would have made $5 if I made birdie,” he later explained. “A par was a push; bogey I lost; birdie I would have won.”
After hitting his approach shot through the green, Mickelson didn’t wait for the final outcome to pay up.
He forked over the cash right away.
“I thought I could make a birdie from over there. After the shot, I paid up.”
Mickelson indeed bogeyed the hole, one of six dropped shots on the back nine. He finished with a 4-over 75 and won’t be eligible to continue in the tournament on Sunday.