PONTE VEDRA, Florida — PGA Tour golfer Phil Mickelson confirmed Thursday that he and his spouse, Amy, employed William Singer and his for-profit school tutoring firm to organize their youngsters for the faculty admission and choice course of.

Mickelson, talking after his opening spherical on the Tour Championship, mentioned the whole lot was carried out above board, and that neither he nor his household ever made monetary contributions to Singer’s Key World Basis.

“We, together with 1000’s of different households, employed he and his firm to assist information us by way of the faculty software course of,” Mickelson mentioned. “We’re as shocked as everybody the previous couple of days.”

Earlier this week, federal authorities introduced Singer orchestrated a large bribery scheme to get college students admitted to elite universities as recruited athletes and assist them cheat on school entrance exams to achieve admission. He pleaded responsible Tuesday to costs together with racketeering conspiracy, prosecutors mentioned.

Singer operated Edge School & Profession Community, a for-profit school counseling and preparatory enterprise in Newport Seaside, California. He recognized and recruited coaches who had been prepared to simply accept bribes from the dad and mom of potential college students to assist them achieve admission to elite universities.

In keeping with federal prosecutors, from 2011 to February 2019 Singer allegedly conspired with others to facilitate dishonest on ACT and SAT exams in alternate for bribes by arranging for a 3rd occasion to secretly take the take a look at in place of the particular college students, or to exchange the scholars’ solutions along with his personal.

Singer additionally retained shoppers who had been prepared to pay bribes to the coaches and school directors so as to achieve admission for his or her youngsters. The coaches allegedly designated the scholars as recruits for aggressive school athletic groups, no matter their athletic capability, to assist facilitate their admission. Singer and others hid the bribe funds by funneling the cash by way of Singer’s charitable group.

“We’re not part of this,” Mickelson mentioned of the bribery and dishonest scheme. “Most each household that employed his firm was not part of it. I believe that is why we’re all so stunned.”

Mickelson’s oldest daughter, Amanda, is an undergraduate scholar at Brown College. She graduated from Pacific Ridge College in Carlsbad, California, and was captain of the tennis and lacrosse groups there. Mickelson’s youthful youngsters, daughter Sophia and son Evan, are nonetheless in highschool.

“Our children, colleges are like combating to get them,” Mickelson mentioned. “I say that as a proud dad. Their grades and outdoors actions and worldly beliefs are issues which have schools recruiting them. [Singer and his company] helped us by way of the entire course of as a result of it may be complicated.”

Edge School & Profession Community revealed a testimonial from Mickelson and his spouse on its firm web site. Mickelson mentioned it was a thank-you notice his spouse wrote to Singer for serving to them with their youngsters’s tutorial careers.

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