Rory McIlroy takes aim at Phil Mickelson over Ryder Cup bet claims

Rory McIlroy takes aim at Phil Mickelson over Ryder Cup bet claims

Rory McIlroy has taken a sensational swipe at Phil Mickelson after the LIV golfer was accused of making a controversial bet on the 2012 Ryder Cup.

In an upcoming autobiography by famous sports bettor Billy Walters, ‘Gambler: Secrets from a Life at Risk’, it is claimed that the American and Walters made bets together about the famous golf tournament.

The book says that Mickelson was so confident the United States would regain the Ryder Cup in the 2012 Ryder Cup in Medinah. Mickelson allegedly asked Walters to bet $400,000 for him on that result.

Walters has denied this and claimed he 'had no idea' if Mickelson ever did place a bet at the time.

However, this has not stopped Rory McIlroy from commenting on the matter at the opening round of the FedEx St. Jude Championship.

"At least he can bet on the Ryder Cup this year because he won't be a part of it," McIlroy said.

Mickelson responded by way of a tweet and denied that he ever bet on the Ryder Cup. The former World Number 1 has in the past been known to place large sums of money on events but claimed he would never undermine the integrity of one of golf's most prestigious events.

"I never bet on the Ryder Cup," Mickelson said. "While it is well known that I always enjoy a friendly wager on the course, I would never undermine the integrity of the game. I have also been very open about my gambling addiction.

"I have previously conveyed my remorse, took responsibility, have gotten help, and have been fully committed to therapy that has positively impacted me, and I feel good about where I am now."