Phil Mickelson won’t be betting on football this year — much less the Ryder Cup — saying in a lengthy social media post on Monday that he previously crossed the line from moderation into addiction and “it wasn’t any fun.”
“The money wasn’t ever the issue since our financial security has never been threatened, but I was so distracted I wasn’t able to be present with the ones I love and caused a lot of harm,” Mickelson wrote in the post.
His public admission of a gambling addiction comes more than a month after renowned gambler Billy Walters wrote in his book that Mickelson wagered more than $1 billion over the last three decades and wanted to place a $400,000 bet on the 2012 Ryder Cup while playing for Team USA.
Mickelson denied ever betting on the Ryder Cup, which starts next week outside Rome.
Mickelson has been relatively quiet since Walters did …