DETROIT – Phil Mickelson says he will consider returning here if enough fans sign a petition and commit to doing something arbitrary.
On Thursday, after his first round in the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Mickelson said he would not return to Detroit due to a story published by The Detroit News this week. The newspaper obtained federal court records from 2007 setting out how a bookie in Michigan allegedly defrauded Mickelson out of $ 500,000.
“People were great and they were so nice, so I would say, I don’t want it to be divisive,” Mickelson said Friday. “I did not like the way the reporter felt. The people here were so kind that I would make a deal with them. There’s a man, Mike Sullivan, trying to collect 50,000 signatures. If he gets 50,000 and everyone agrees that 50,000 to do one random act for another member of the community, where I’m in. ‘
The petition had about 1,300 signatures on Friday night.
Fans cheered for Mickelson as he walked to the first tea. Mickelson’s playmate, Rickie Fowler, even crowded the crowd to cheer louder than them.
“I just think this tournament has sponsors, from Rocket Mortgage to a lot of local sponsors to a lot of people in the community, who are trying to get together and do something good for the community,” Mickelson said. “And if the members of the community come together, I would love to come back. But what I will not tolerate is the kind of divisive attitude of that reporter. It is not helpful to anyone in any way.”
Mickelson made a draw of 72 on Friday and cut the number among the three.