Phil Mickelson felt like a betting man on Saturday as he stood left of the 18th tee at Ridgewood C.C. at The Barclays. Knowing he wasn't going to make the third-round secondary cut and facing a second shot from deep rough, Mickelson decided to make the home hole interesting by making a side bet with a fan in his gallery.
The bet? Mickelson had to get up and down from the rough for birdie or pay up.
“Just $20. I gave him 4-to-1 odds," Mickelson said after the round. "I would have made $5 if I made birdie. A par was a push; bogey, I lost; birdie, I would have won.”
Mickelson bet a fan $20 he would hit the green with his approach on 18. Topped it, paid up immediately.
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Mickelson's approach missed the green. Knowing a bogey was likely, he paid out to the fan before he even got to the green. The eventual bogey capped off a third-round 75, leaving MDF next to his name on the leaderboard and without a Sunday tee time.