Phil Mickelson gets hustled by a 17-year old for $5,000


Ryan Ruffels, a 17-year old Australian golfer who will make his PGA Tour debut at the Farmers Insurance Open, had one of the experiences of a lifetime by making a golf bet with Phil Mickelson.

Mickelson made a deal with Ruffels that, if he beat him, he’d pay him $5,000. But if Mickelson won, Ruffels would have to pay him $2,500 once he turned pro.

Ruffels ended up beating Mickelson in the end and got the $5,000 right out of the five-time major champion’s hand.

“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 according to

Certainly can’t blame him when you’ve hustled one of the all-time greats and took some of his cash. No doubt that the experience will give him a little boost heading into the Farmers Insurance Open for his PGA Tour debut.


Be sure to follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio! No, I probably won’t golf hustle as I’d lost all my money and off-topic, yes I agree with Al Michaels that Larry Fitzgerald is insane (And a good golfer too).


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