Amen-Corner-Golden-Bell-24x36The Masters are in full swing with the event starting this Thursday. If you’ve been living under a rock, Tiger has withdrawn for back issues and that takes some of the luster out of it.  Either way, its a prestigious event that delivers some awesome golf for 4 days.

I came across this great story with Phil Mickelson being challenged by a fan during one of his practice rounds.  Phil overhit his tee shot on the 6th hole and was in the rough when the fan was “mouthing off that it was a ‘hard shot, get this up-and-down, no chance, blah, blah, blah'”.  Phil bet the guy 1 dollar that he could get up and down. He ended up chipping on and missing the putt and paying the man his dollar.

It’s nice to see someone pay up when they lose. Obviously Phil has millions of dollars and this bet isn’t about the money, but too often people make bets, lose, and then not pay up. All payment on bets should be made on the spot. If you run your mouth, you pay up when you lose. Any time payment isn’t made right away, the bet gets forgotten about.

Shocked-FaceAlso long term bets need to be written down because payment tends to be forgotten. 2 of these come to mind. I bet the Shee $100 dollars that Tiger Woods was going to stay with his wife for 2 years after the whole whore ordeal went down. I lost and ended up paying $66 of the $100 dollars in green’s fees. After writing this post, I rightfully owe Shee $34 dollars. The other bet was when Jeff bet that Andrew Bynum wouldn’t play another another game as a Sixer or something along those lines. As you can tell, I can’t even remember the bet so I’m sure whoever lost never paid.

This story reminds everyone that debts need to be paid or else all integrity is lost.