DETROIT – Phil Mickelson might be one and done in Detroit.
The six-time major champion tweeted during a rain delay Thursday at the Rocket Mortgage Classic that he won’t be returning to the tournament at Detroit Golf Club.
Mickelson was upset with a Detroit News article published this week that detailed his ties to Don DeSeranno, a Las Vegas bookie from Grosse Pointe. DeSeranno allegedly cheated Mickelson out of $500,000 according to federal court documents from the 2007 racketeering trial of Jack Giacalone.
Mickelson was not accused of any wrongdoing but took to Twitter after the article was published Tuesday to complain about the article and reporter Robert Snell.
Mickelson, who is making his debut at the Rocket and playing in Michigan for the first time since the 2008 PGA Championship, replied in a tweet to Chad Livengood, a Crain’s Detroit Business editor, and Snell during a first-round rain delay: “You and Rob do what you need to do (report something from over 20 years ago) and I’ll do what I need to( let everyone know why I won’t be back)”
Mickelson was 2-under par through 16 holes when he tweeted during the delay.
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