Golf writer Shane Ryan has been in the news a lot this week with his new book said to have some serious revelations about Pat Reed and his college indiscretions but here's a nice little anecdote from his ESPN page about Phil Mickleson's prowess when it comes to money matches with other pros.

The set up for this is that Mickelson talked Nick Watney into a money game during a practice round at the 2010 Open Championship at St. Andrews.


Phil proposed a simple stroke-play match, with the highest score paying the winner $1,000 and the middle man walking away scot-free. Watney, knowing the amount could easily increase with presses or novelty bets, told them he preferred to play for less. "They started calling me names that shouldn't be in print," he says. "So I gave in to peer pressure."

Watney lost-it was his first time playing St. Andrews-and Mickelson won. On the 18th green, Watney counted out $1,000 and handed it over with a word of congratulations. Mickelson grabbed the stack of cash, gave it a quick glance and handed it right back. "This is Britain," he told Watney. "I need pounds."

Watney stared at him, hoping it was a joke. It wasn't.
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