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Golf star Phil Mickelson used service implicated in college bribery scandal

Phil Mickelson gestures as he waits his turn to tee off on the 13th hole during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

PHOENIX – Pro golfer and former Arizona State University star Phil Mickelson acknowledged using the services of the man at the center of the recent college bribery scandal but denied taking part in any fraud.

Mickelson, a three-time national champion for ASU before embarking on a wildly successful pro career in 1992, tweeted Thursday that he was “shocked by the revelations” of Rick Singer’s involvement.

“Obviously, we were not part of this fraud, our kids would disown us if we ever tried to interfere,” Mickelson tweeted.

Fifty people, including Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the nation’s most selective schools.

Singer, the admissions consultant who founded the Edge College & Career Network of Newport Beach, California, pleaded guilty in the case and pledged to cooperate with federal prosecutors.

Some parents spent hundreds of thousands of dollars and some as much as $6.5 million to guarantee their children’s admission, officials said.

Mickelson, whose $90 million in career PGA Tour earnings is second only to Tiger Woods, has a daughter who is a sophomore at Brown University and two other kids in high school, according to the Golf Channel.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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