Rory McIlroy zings Phil Mickelson over Ryder Cup allegation
Rory McIlroy couldn’t resist taking a shot at a LIV Golf defector when he had the opportunity.
McIlroy was asked Thursday at the FedEx St. Jude Championship for his thoughts on the allegation that Phil Mickelson attempted to bet on the 2014 Ryder Cup in which Mickelson was playing. McIlroy had a sly grin and shot back a quip.
“At least he can bet on the Ryder Cup this year as he won’t be a part of it, so…,” McIlroy said of Mickelson.
Q: "Talk of the golf world is this book excerpt that came out about Phil Mickelson… curious what your reaction was when you read about it"
Rory: "Um, at least he can bet on the Ryder Cup this year as he won't be a part of it, so…" pic.twitter.com/c5ACIV5NYi
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Mickelson will not be a part of this year’s Ryder Cup team.
The allegation against Mickelson came from accomplished sports bettor Billy Walters, who previously had a gambling partnership with Mickelson. Walters made the allegation in his new book, which is due out later this month.
Mickelson responded by saying he never bet on the Ryder Cup. His response does not contradict Walters, who only said Mickelson wanted to bet on the 2014 Ryder Cup. Walters said he tried talking Mickelson out of it and could not confirm whether or not Lefty had actually placed a wager on the event, which his team lost.
McIlroy was quick to pile onto Mickelson, which isn’t much of a surprise. McIlroy also had some of the harshest comments for Mickelson when Lefty became the first high-profile golfer to leave the PGA Tour for LIV Golf.