Phil Mickelson Admits Using College Admissions Company, Denies Any Wrong-doing

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Phil Mickelson says he is among "thousands" who used a college consulting company accused of orchestrating a massive bribery scheme.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida - PGA Tour golfer Phil Mickelson confirmed Thursday that he and his wife, Amy, hired William Singer and his for-profit college tutoring company to prepare their children for the college admission and selection process.

In 2017, Mickelson famously skipped the U.S. Open to attend Amanda's high school graduation. "Most every family that has used his company are not a part of it. I think that's why we're all so surprised".

This week Singer was arrested and pled guilty to four federal charges tied to a scheme in which his company would bribe university officials and sometimes create fraudulent athletic profiles to help certain applicants gain access to highly sought-after schools.

More than 50 people have been charged - prominent among them were TV actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. They thank him for his support in finding their daughter the right college. "[Singer and his company] helped us through the whole process because it can be confusing".

Reiterating what he wrote on Twitter, Mickelson said: "We're not a part of this".

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"Our family, along with thousands of others, used Rick Singer's company to guide us through the college admission process", Mickelson's statement said. "We've been dealing with it the last few days, but that's about it".

Mickelson sent a tweet shortly after completing a 2-over 74 at The Players and expanded on his comments after the round. She graduated from Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, California, and was captain of the tennis and lacrosse teams there.

He has two other children, a sophomore and junior in high school, and says he has been using Singer's company to find them the right colleges.

Singer, 56, pleaded guilty in Boston federal court Tuesday to charges of money laundering, obstruction of justice, racketeering and conspiracy to defraud the United States, according to US attorney for the district of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling.

The colleges have cast themselves as victims and have moved to distance themselves from the coaches, firing or suspending them. "I say that as a proud dad". Their grades and outside activities and worldly beliefs are things that have colleges recruiting them.

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