Phil is bad for golf
Golf Gear mentioned in this thread:
All the gambling on the course is no example for our young kids. You cannot be this nonchalant and irresponsible when kids are looking up to you. He needs to seek some help for this gambling problem and the high he gets trying to make money. I really hope these allegations are not true, but let's be honest, we all know it's his nature to take risks like this. I think the guy is bad for the game and is possible felon to boot.
I figured almost all of the pro golfers gambled. If not they sure make up a lot of stories about different bets they made.
His high risk taking may finally catch up with him and make him a felon. My hope is this is all a bunch of nothing, but hanging out with Billy Walters shows exactly how deep Phil is in with gambling and how nonchalant he goes about it. This is not the role model I want for my kids and this is the last straw for me with Phil.
I'm just done with all his gambling. It sets a real bad example that it's ok to gamble like this on the course. The high stakes he and his cronies play for is not reality for our youth. I just think a better example could be set. If he wants to do it privately then that's his business but we hear about his high stakes games about once a month, along with other gambling on different sports. I do not care for our kids to hear about John Daly or Phil Mickelsons high stakes gambling, and I certainly dont want our youth to believe this is acceptable behavior.
Where are you hearing all these stories about Phil's high stake gambling? Most of the pro's gamble, in the days of Hogan, pro's made most of their income gambling because the prize money wasn't that good.
I hate to break the news to you but gambling is a huge part of golf and all professional sports so if you're concerned about your kids being exposed to it, I'd suggest you toss out your computers and television.
As far as betting on the course among friends, what better way to test and develop your ability to handle pressure. I will be making wagers with my son as he gets older, small ones of course, to teach him how to get better under pressure.
Well, as far as I know Tiger isn't being investigated over insider trading which is a felony. Tiger may have done wrong but I didn't see the FBI talking to him in airports or after rounds.
It was acceptable in Hogans day but not now. Are you kidding? Phil is notoriously known to be the biggest gambler on tour and bets on all sports. He even hangs out and plays golf with a huge gambler in Walters who acts as his consultant and bookie, and now possibly trading confidante.
You should criticize Michael Jordan too then, he's a big gambler. Sounds to me like you have an issue with Phil and this is just an excuse to trash him. His insider trading investigation has nothing to do with gambling so not sure why you seem to think they are related.
How about Tiger's sexual indiscretions, is that something the youth should look up to?
I think what the op is saying is that he doesn't want his kids to begin gambling as a result of Phil, or any other figure.