PONTE VEDRA, Florida – PGA Tour golfer Phil Mickelson confirmed on Thursday that he and his wife Amy hired William Singer and his profitable college tutoring company to prepare their children for the college entry and selection process.
Mickelson spoke after his opening round at the player championship and said that everything was done above board, and neither he nor his family ever contributed to the Singer's Key World Foundation.
"We, along with thousands of other families, hired him and his company to guide us through the college's application," said Mickelson. "We are as shocked as everyone in the past few days."
Earlier this week, federal authorities announced Singer "It was a massive bribe program to get students access to elite universities who recruited athletes and help them cheat on college graduation to gain admission. He blamed Tuesday for fees, including racketeering conspiracy," prosecutor said.
Career Network, a prestigious college consulting and preparatory business in Newport Beach, California, he identified and recruited trainers willing to accept bribes from parent's potential students to help them gain access to elite universities.
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Singers also retained customers who were willing to pay bribes to trainers and college administrators to gain access to their children. The coaching arena is said to have been named students as recruits for competitive upper secondary schools, regardless of their sporting ability, to facilitate their admission. Singers and others hid the bribe payments by getting money through the Singer & # 39; s charity.
"We're not part of this," said Mickelson about bribes and cheating. "Most every family that hired his company wasn't part of it. I think that's why we're so surprised everywhere."
Mickelson's oldest daughter, Amanda, is a doctoral student at Brown University. She graduated from the Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, California, and was the captain of the tennis and lacrosse teams there. Mickelsons younger child, daughter Sophia and son Evan, are still in high school.
"Our children, schools are like fighting to get them," Mickelson said. "I say it as a proud dad. Their ratings and external activities and worldly beliefs are things that colleges recruit them. [Singer and his company] helped us throughout the process because it can be confusing."
Edge College & Career Network published a test from Mickelson and his wife on the company's website. Mickelson said it was a thank you for his wife writing to Singer to help them with their children's academic career.