Phil Mickelson is a notorious money-match player on the PGA Tour, but as one of the game’s elder-statesmen, he’s also a purveyor of money-match etiquette, which 17-year-old Ryan Ruffels found himself in violation of recently.
It all started when Ruffles relayed the following story to the Sydney Morning Herald ahead of this week’s Farmers Insurance Open.
“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’,” Ruffels recalled of a friendly offer made to him by Mickelson.
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.