The legendary lefty golfer was leaving the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Oh., this weekend when he spotted a couple kids having a lemonade stand. He stopped and bought a $1 glass of lemonade. Then he left a $99 tip.
From the Columbus Dispatch:
Roland Van Karsen, 6, is saving up for a Nerf gun and his sister, 8-year-old Elise, wants a Kindle.
Legendary pro golfer Phil Mickelson gave those dreams a big boost last week.
Mickelson stopped by the kids’ lemonade stand on Thursday morning at the corner of Carnoustie Drive and Kilbannan Court outside the No. 10 gate at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin.
He bought a $1 glass of lemonade.
Then, he gave them a $99 tip.
…Mickelson drank the lemonade, put a folded $100 bill in Roland’s hand, thanked him and drove away.
At first, the kids thought it was a ten spot. Then Elise took it and unfolded it. “I said ‘Whoa.’ ”
Their mom, Ann, said it was kind of surreal.
“We didn’t take any pictures, we didn’t get any autographs,” she recalled on Saturday. “It happened so fast that we were kind of stunned. What a great guy, though, right? So generous and the kids will have a memory like that forever.”
That’s tax free money, right there. I’m not sure how much a Kindle costs, but that little guy can toss out his lemonade stuff now and easily afford like 5 decent Nerf guns. Not to mention the lifelong memory he’ll have of selling lemonade to one of the greatest golfers of our generation.
Apparently this generosity is nothing new for Phil. According to ESPN golf reporter Jason Sobel, one PGA player reported that Mickelson gives out at least ten $100 bills to tournament workers every time he competes.
Mickelson is truly “FIGJAM” in all aspects of life.
[via Columbus Dispatch]