Phil Mickelson To Donate $45,000 As Part Of U.S. Ryder Cup Team's Charity Donations

Sept. 17, 2008

Former Sun Devil golfer Phil Mickelson is donating $45,000 to Arizona State University as part of the United States Ryder Cup Team's $2.6 million donation in support of charities, veterans' families and Play Golf America University programs.

Each of the 12 U.S. Ryder Cup Team participants as well as Captain Paul Azinger are contributing $100,000 to the charity of their choice; $90,000 to the college/university of their choice for Play Golf America University programming; and $10,000 to the Folds of Honor Foundation to support scholarships for families of veterans who either perished or were wounded in the line of duty while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Mickelson is contributing $100,000 to the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation, and he is sending $45,000 each to ASU and the University of San Diego.

'I love growing the game of golf because it's done so much for me and because it's meant so much for me and my family,' Mickelson said. 'I love the opportunity to help grow the game in any way we can. These college programs at San Diego and Phoenix will be a great way to get more people involved in the game.'

Play Golf America University is a PGA of America college and university golf program, designed to teach and engage students in the game of golf through PGA Professional instruction and other golf programs.

The 37th Ryder Cup will be played Sept. 19-21 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.

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