Friday, March 15, 2019
AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- A college admissions scandal ensnaring celebrities and several millionaires and billionaires now has one of the PGA Tour's biggest stars.
Phil Mickelson acknowledged Thursday that he hired the group now at the center of the scandal, Edge College and Career Network, to guide his family through the college admissions process.
Mickelson made the admission on Twitter.
Our family, along with thousands of others, used Rick Singer’s company to guide us through the college admission process. We are shocked by the revelations of these events. Obviously, we were not part of this fraud, our kids would disown us if we ever tried to interfere.— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) March 14, 2019
The scandal has rocked the collegiate world. Celebrities, such as Lori Laughlin and Felicity Huffman, stand accused alongside wealthy executives of falsifying test scores and issuing bribes to help get their children into prestigious schools.
Mickelson said his dealings with the company never came close to anything illegal.
"Our kids...schools are like fighting to get them," Mickelson told reporters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, where he is competing in The Players Championship. "I say that as a proud dad. But their grades, their outside activities, their worldly views on things, have colleges recruiting them. We weren't even aware, really."