Phil Mickelson reveals he used college counselor tied to bribe scandal

Phil Mickelson plays his second shot on the 18th hole during the second round of World Golf Championships-Mexico

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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".

Golfer Phil Mickelson says he got suckered into hiring William "Rick" Singer to help out with his kids' college admission process, but insists there was no illegal activity involved.

Golfer Phil Mickelson said on Twitter Thursday that he is among "thousands" who used the college consulting company accused of orchestrating a massive college admissions bribery scheme. Amanda, the oldest, attends Brown University.

He posted on Twitter, 'Our family, along with thousands of others, used Rick Singer's company to guide us through the college admission process. "We're probably more shocked than anyone".

Earlier this week, federal prosecutors accused multiple coaches and administrators of participating in a wide-ranging fraud scheme in which they accepted bribes to facilitate students' admission into elite universities like USC, Stanford, UCLA, Georgetown and Wake Forest. He's avoided media center interview rooms at all costs since an insider trading case arose in 2016 and after last year's Shinnecock Hills debacle, during which he took days to realize an apology would remedy what was the least-becoming on-course moment of his storied career.

The charges against Singer also included the arrests of several coaches, university officials and parents who played an active role in the scheme, including a pair of Hollywood celebrities.

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

Mickelson has three children, ages 15 to 19.

The colleges have cast themselves as victims and have moved to distance themselves from the coaches, firing or suspending them. Mickelson said it was a thank-you note his wife wrote to Singer for helping them with their children's academic careers. And I say that as a proud dad. Their grades and outside activities and worldly beliefs are things that have colleges recruiting them. We're not a part of this. Most every family that has used the company is not a part of it. "I think that's why we're all so surprised".

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