A year ago, when Phil Mickelson showed up to The Greenbrier Classic seemingly out of nowhere, the whispers began that the lefty was compensated for his appearance in the West Virignia foothills. When Tiger Woods joined Mickelson in the field this week, the talk came out in the open.
Multiple reports, including from Fox Sports and CBS Sports, have suggested Woods and Mickelson were paid an indirect, seven-figure appearance fee to play this week. Woods is said to have been paid between $1.5-1.8 million, with Mickelson pocketing a cool $1 million. Resort and tournament officials have denied the reports.
Both missed the cut - the first time in their overlapping PGA Tour careers that they missed the cut in the same week.
For Mickelson, the money may come in handy as the 40-time PGA Tour winner is part of a group prepared to bid a combined $800 million for a majority stake in the San Diego Padres and the team's equity stake in the Fox Sports San Diego television network, according to, again, Fox Sports.