A couple weeks back, we were all praising a young Aussie, Ryan Ruffels, for pulling a most gnarly power move on Lefty in a practice round. “We get on the first tee, it’s pretty early in the morning and he says, ‘I don’t wake up this early to play for any less than $2500,’” he told the Sydney Morning Herald. It gets better.
According to the Herald
The 42-time US PGA Tour winner gave Ruffels 2-1 odds; if Ruffels won, Mickelson would give him $5000, if he lost, Ruffels would have to pay up $2500 when he turned professional.
“I was a few down through nine but then I birdied six of my last seven to win by one shot and took his money, so that was pretty cool,” Ruffels said with a laugh.
The perfect story. Phil being Phil by big dicking everyone on the first tee, and a high school kid going real loooooow and cashing in. But you never kiss and tell, and you most certainly never take money from Phil and brag about it.
When asked about taking the L to a high school kid yesterday, Phil seemed none too pleased.
“Well, that’s an interesting one. I met him a month ago, and we played for the first time. He’s young, and he’s got some things to learn. One of them is you don’t discuss certain things. You don’t discuss specifics of what you play for. And you certainly don’t embellish and create a false amount just for your own benefit.
“So those things right there are … that’s high school stuff,” Mickelson said.
“And he’s going to have to top doing that now that he’s out on the PGA Tour.”
High school stuff. I mean, yeah, the kid is in high school.
Now Ruffels is dialing things back a bit. “The wager amount has also been exaggerated out of proportion,” Ruffels said. Cat’s out the bag now, dude. We know you’re probably carrying around a bunch of hundreds wrapped up in a rubber band like a boss.
You know, other than the obnoxious grin constantly plastered on his face, and the way too frequent hat tips to the crowd, I don’t have a bad thing to say about Phil. His meltdowns in Majors were way too relatable, and the fact that he conquered that demon gave hope to spares like me that maybe I’ll break 80 again. But did he really need to go in on a high school kid? You can’t tell me you wouldn’t spike the football, dab, hit the worm, nae-nae, raise the roof and tell everyone about it if you won a bet with one of the all time greats..
[via Herald Sun]