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LEFTY’S GAMBLING JONES

By Marc Lawrence, PlaybookSports.com — Phil Mickelson’s gambling habit is well-documented. Here’s another story to add to the pile, courtesy of former CBS announcer Gary McCord:

“When I was in the TV tower … every time Phil got to my hole, Bones [his caddie] would look up at me and I would flash the odds. If Phil had a 15-footer, I’d flash three fingers, which meant the odds were 3-1.

If he was 60 feet, I’d give him 2-1 on a two-putt. Bones would go down and whisper in his ear and Phil would look up at me and shake his head, yes or no.

I can’t tell you how many wadded-up twenties I threw out of the tower, until the Tour found out about it and I got word through CBS I was no longer allowed to gamble with Phil while up in the tower.”

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