Tiger Woods no fun to be around but Phil Mickelson is

The Phil Mickelson news cycle keeps churning, with the latest revelation centered on $40 million in gambling losses.

Alan Shipnuck, author of the forthcoming Mickelson biography, “Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar,” revealed that Mickelson gambled away a staggering sum of money from 2010-14 on the Fire Pit Collective website .

While the bulk of the latest reveal peels back the curtain on Mickelson’s prolific gambling losses, an interesting part has to do with Charles Barkley.

As Shipnuck writes, Barkley is one of the few people in the inner circles of both Mickelson and Tiger Woods.

“One of the reasons Phil has lasted so long is because he’s had a joyful life,” Barkley said. “Tiger won a bunch of tournaments, but there wasn’t much joy in it. Sure, Tiger is a better golfer. You’re just in awe of his talent. But it’s not fun to be around him. Everyone in his world is uptight … afraid to say or do the wrong thing. Tiger himself has always acted like he’s under siege. Gimme a break. You’re just a golfer, dude. When you’re with Phil, you’re guaranteed to have fun “He makes people feel good. Everyone around him is always smiling. That’s a huge difference, man.”

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