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

Ruben Hill
March 15, 2019

Mickelson said his family was shocked by the recent revelations about the consultant, William Singer.

"Our family, along with thousands of others, used Rick Singer's company to guide us through the college admission process", Mickelson's statement said.

Singer, a California businessman who ran a college prep center and nonprofit foundation - the Key Worldwide Foundation - was at the center of the hundreds of pages of court documents released Tuesday when federal prosecutors announced details of the bribery scheme.

"He was highly recommended by numerous friends that checked out, so we ended up using him", Mickelson said. "Most every family that has used his company are not a part of it. I think that's why we're all so surprised". It worked to help potential students cheat on college entrance exams or pose as recruited athletes to get admitted to high-profile universities with bribes of up to $6 million. According to Mickelson, that stemmed from a "thank-you text" that his wife, Amy, sent to Singer.

His daughter attended Pacific Ridge School in San Diego, where she was a co-captain of the tennis team and the school president.

Mickelson explained that his family has used tutoring services from Singer's company and sought advice in finding the best educational fit for their children, a process he described as "confusing".

Mickelson on Thursday claimed he had no idea that Singer was allegedly laundering money and committing mail fraud for Hollywood celebrities - including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman - while working with him.

The colleges have cast themselves as victims and have moved to distance themselves from the coaches, firing or suspending them. And I say that as a proud dad.

Mickelson and his wife provided a testimonial that was featured on the website for Singer's company.

Asked about Mickelson's daughter, Clark declined to disclose student names but said university officials had done a review of one student's application material and academic credentials and that it "raised no concerns at all".

Mickelson said Singer's company helped to find the right college for their personalities and to make sure they knew what they needed academically and with test scores to be accepted into the college of their choice. Their grades and outside activities and worldly beliefs are things that have colleges recruiting them.

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