Mickelson ‘fired’ by brother
PHIL Mickelson is out of a job — his part-time job.
Mickelson is no longer helping his brother Tim as “interim assistant coach” for his alma mater Arizona State’s men’s golf program.
“Yes, I recently got fired from that position,” Mickelson said Wednesday at a news conference ahead of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
The five-time major winner was in the job two months. It wasn’t really a job, however, so much as a title that allowed Mickelson to do some recruiting for the Sun Devil program without attracting unwanted attention from the NCAA.
“We had developed a plan to where I could call some recruits,” Mickelson said. “We weren’t really going to say anything and hadn’t said anything for a few weeks until one of the players had tweeted it and it looked like there were some improprieties, which there weren’t, so we had to publicly announce I was assistant coach; otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to make the phone calls I had been making.”
The player in question is 16-year-old Ryan Ruffels, an American-born amateur living in Australia. Ruffels shared in early November that he had spoken with Mickelson about attending Arizona State. A few days later, Mickelson had a new title in his brother’s program.
With the recruiting calls made, Lefty was happy to step aside so a real coach could help his brother and get back to his full-time gig.