A story published by the Detroit News this week had golfer Phil Mickelson threatening Thursday never to return to the Detroit area.
Then on Friday, Mickelson – who is in Michigan to compete in this weekend’s Rocket Mortgage Classic – kind of turned it around.
The 51-year-old California native, whose PGA Championship victory in May made him the oldest golfer to win a major tournament title, said he would return to the Detroit area on two conditions: that a petition circulated by Michigan golfer Mike Sullivan calling for the return of Mickelson reach 50,000 signatures, and that everyone who signs performs “a random act of kindness,” he said, according to ESPN.
Mickelson reacted on Thursday after The Detroit News published an article on the 2007 federal court records, which he obtained, detailing how, years earlier, a bookie in Grosse Pointe, Mich., Allegedly deceived Mickelson of $ 500,000, Detroit’s FOX 2 reported. Mickelson has never been the subject of criminal charges in connection with the case, according to the report.
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Detroit News reporter Robert Snell, who wrote the article, identified the bookmaker as “Dandy” Don DeSerrano, calling him “one of the biggest players in Detroit,” who allegedly “handled bets for big hits as a Las Vegas casino host. “
DeSerrano died in Las Vegas in April of natural causes at the age of 75, Casino.org reported.
Mickelson’s attorney said News’s report was accurate but questioned its timeline, which coincided with Mickelson’s appearance in the region, ESPN reported.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Mickelson said he did not appreciate the newspaper’s “unnecessary attack” with a story “from” two decades ago, “and noted that he felt unappreciated after having juggling her schedule to compete in this week’s tournament in Michigan, FOX 2 reported.
âNot like I care, it happened about 20 years ago, it’s just the lack of appreciation,â Mickelson said, according to the station. “Yeah, I don’t see that happening. I don’t see myself coming back. Not that I don’t like the people here, they’ve been great, but not with that kind of thing going on.”
But when Mickelson showed up to the first tee for Friday’s action at Rocket Mortgage Classic, played at Detroit Golf Club, he was greeted with chants of “We love Phil!” The Detroit News reported.
He later shared the conditions under which he would return.
âIf the community members get together, I would love to be back,â Mickelson said, according to the News.
“If the community members get together, I would love to be back.”
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Later on Friday, the Children’s Foundation of Detroit announced that Mickelson and his wife Amy Mickelson had donated $ 100,000 to the organization, the newspaper reported.
This weekend marks Mickelson’s first tournament in Michigan since the 2008 PGA Championship in Oakland Hills, the News reported. He was supposed to star in last year’s Rocket Mortgage Classic, but the coronavirus pandemic forced a postponement to a week when he couldn’t show up, according to the report.
None of Mickelson’s 45 career PGA Tour wins have come in Michigan, according to the report.