Phil Mickelson is one of the most controversial players in the world of golf today. The six-time major champion has made tons of records in his career. Mickelson also recently left the PGA Tour and shook hands with the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series, which invited a lot of backlash.
But Mickelson is said to have a great sense of humor and is liked by most golfers in the community. One of his closest friends is former Basketball Pro Charles Barkley. The two have known each other for a long time now and Mickelson has talked about their friendship in a YouTube video.
The video received lots of reactions from fans of both players. The clip is a look back where the two friends reminisce on how they met and how Mickelson’s wife played a major role in their meeting.
When Amy introduced her “boyfriend Phil” to Barkley
Mickelson’s wife Amy, who was his girlfriend at the time, was the one who introduced him to Barkley. Describing the funny way he found out about the golf star, Barkley said, “She was the greatest lady… I had a tight schedule, she says to me like ‘Hey, will you play golf with my boyfriend Phil?’, I’m like yeah, yeah ok.”
Barkley, then, had no idea that the Phil his friend Amy was talking about was none other than the golf legend Phil Mickelson! Amy continued to ask Barkley if he was going to play golf with her ‘boyfriend Phil’ every now and then. Barkley kept dodging his friend’s suggestion until one day when he asked Amy what her boyfriend’s name was. Amy’s answer left Barkley in shock as she said, “Phil Mickelson”.
Barkley finally finds out about Phil Mickelson
The former NBA player was in shock for a moment and replied, “What? Are you going out with Phil Mickelson?”. Barkley could not believe that he was about to play golf with the golf ace himself. He stated that he wanted to cancel all his plans to play golf with the legend, but had no idea that his friend was dating the man.
Later, jokingly, Barkley told Amy to “Start out with my boyfriend Phil Mickelson”. The two talked about finally playing golf together and Mickelson thanked Barkley for being his partner on the course. The story was unknown to many Mickelson fans, but everyone found it funny as soon as it came out on the internet.