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Phil Mickelson says he used firm charged in college admissions scandal

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Mar 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-14 18:53:39-04

Former ASU star and current professional golfer Phil Mickelson admitted Thursday he employed the same company at the center of a college admissions scandal.

In a tweet, Mickelson said he "used Rick Singer's company to guide us through the admissions process."

"We are shocked by the revelations of these events. Obviously, we were not part of this fraud," he said. "Our kids would disown us if we ever tried to interfere."

Singer was arrested and pleaded guilty to charges that he and his company The Key bribed college athletics officials to say that children of high-profile parents were recruits to their sports teams in order to get them admitted into elite colleges. Singer admitted he and the coaches knew the students' athletic profiles were bogus.

Among those who paid Singer to help their children get into exclusive colleges and universities are actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.

As a junior at Arizona State, Mickelson won the 1991 Northern Telecom Open in Tucson. Since then, no amateur has won a professional PGA Tour event. He has 44 career victories on the PGA Tour, including one earlier this year at Pebble Beach.

Mickelson has three children with his wife Amy: Evan, Sophia and Amanda. Amanda, the oldest, attends Brown University.