Phil Mickelson took part in the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit this week for the first time in the history of three years, but he said Thursday it will be his last appearance.
Mickelson said he would not return due to a story published this week by The Detroit News, who has obtained federal court records since 2007, setting out how a bookie in Michigan allegedly defrauded Mickelson out of $ 500,000.
“It was so much trouble for me to be here and get that kind of unnecessary attack,” Mickelson said. “Not as I care, it happened 20 years ago, it’s just the lack of appreciation. Yes, I do not see it happening. I do not see myself coming back. Not that I do not love the people here, they were wonderful, but not with the kind of things that happened. ‘
Mickelson’s comments come one day after his lawyer, Glenn Cohen, told Bob Harig of ESPN he examined the report of the newspaper.
“I am disappointed that this week they would choose curiously to write an article about a bet made more than 20 years ago and a jury trial that took place in 2007, where the man convicted was dead and where ‘the only purpose for this article is to embarrass Phil Mickelson,’ ‘Cohen told ESPN.
The 51-year-old Mickelson shot a 69 on Thursday, the sixth time he has been under 11 from the round since becoming the oldest PGA Championship winner in May.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.