Phil Mickelson attended the Rocket Mortgage Classic this week in Detroit for the first time in the event’s three-year history, but said Thursday it would be his last appearance.
Mickelson has said he will not return because of an article published this week by The Detroit News, which obtained federal court records for 2007, detailing how a Michigan bookie allegedly cheated Mickelson by $ 500,000.
“It was so much effort for me to be here and have this type of unnecessary attack,” said Mickelson. “It’s not like I care, it happened about twenty years ago, it’s just the lack of appreciation. Yeah, I don’t see that happening. can’t see coming back. Not that I don’t like the people here, they’ve been great, but not with that kind of thing going on. “
Mickelson’s comments came a day after his attorney, Glenn Cohen, told ESPN’s Bob Harig that he disputed the newspaper’s report.
“I’m disappointed that they oddly chose this week to write an article about a bet that was made over 20 years ago and a jury trial that took place in 2007 where the guy who was convicted died and where the sole purpose of this article is to embarrass Phil Mickelson, ” Cohen told ESPN.
Mickelson, 51, shot a 69 on Thursday, marking the sixth time he’s been under par in 11 laps since becoming the oldest major winner of the PGA Championship in May.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.