Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.
Mickelson is upset at an article published by The Detroit News earlier this week linking him to a mob-connected bookie.
According to the repot, bookie Don DeSeranno cheated Mickelson of $500,000 in winning bets.
Phil Mickelson is so angry at what he called an ill-timed report by The Detroit News that he has decided to withdraw from his first appearance in The Rocket Mortgage Classic and vowed never to return to play in the said tournament again.
The article, written by Robert Snell and published on Tuesday, linked Mickelson to an alleged mob-related bookie who cheated him of $500,000 in gambling winnings. However, the event took place nearly 20 years ago and Mickelson wasn’t charged of any wrongdoing.
Backing Out and Won’t Be Returning in the Future
And just like that, Phil Mickelson is backing out of Detroit’s Rocket Mortgage Classic and will not be returning in the future
— Barstool Detroit (@BSMotorCity) July 1, 2021
In an interview on Thursday, Mickelson said that he is backing out of the Rocket Mortgage Classic and won’t be returning to the Detroit Golf Club in the future. The reigning PGA Championship winner is visibly upset at a report published by The Detroit News on Tuesday.
The report is true, according to Mickelson’s lawyer Glenn Cohen but the golfer is upset about an opportunistic, selfish, and irresponsible article regarding an incident which happened nearly two decades ago.
Mickelson had just finished his first round at the tournament, a three-under 69, but during a rain delay of almost three hours, he responded to various posts on Twitter, as he did on Wednesday when he criticized the article before making his announcement He wasn’t among the betting favorites to win the tournament at the best golf betting sites.
The Phil Mickelson Transcript
Gambling allegations outlined in a trial transcript filed in federal court in Detroit link Mickelson with one of the biggest gamblers in Detroit, “Dandy” Don DeSeranno, who also handled bets for big shots as a Las Vegas casino host https://t.co/qZJNAJxQFj via @detroitnews
— Robert Snell (@robertsnellnews) June 30, 2021
The story revealed that Mickelson was cheated of $500,000 20 years ago by “Dandy” Don DeSeranno, a mob-connected bookie from Gross Pointe Park. Mickelson’s name popped up when DeSerrano testified in a 2007 racketeering case involving reported Detroit organized crime leader Jack Giacolone.
Although the Giacolone trial occurred 14 years ago, transcript mentioning Mickelson did not appear in Giacolone’s court file until 2018 or 11 years after he was acquitted. It was discovered only earlier this month when Giacolone faced prison time with an overdue tax bill of more than $537,222.
Mickelson isn’t charged of any wrongdoing and the golfer’s lawyer said last Tuesday that the Mickelson did not know about DeSerrano’s background when he placed sports bets with the bookie.