In his three starts in the separate LIV Golf series, Phil Mickelson has struggled mightily to conjure up the game that has earned him his place in the World Golf Hall of Fame. He took a par of 26 before playing the final round of the event on Sunday at Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey.
However, the 52-year-old is still a huge winner according to a report from Forbes. On Friday, the magazine published a list of the highest-paid golfers of 2022. Perhaps unsurprisingly, seven of the top 10 players jumped into the LIV Golf Series, signing guaranteed eight- and nine-figure contracts, with that money counting toward player totals.
Forbes has estimated that LIV Golf has increased the earnings of its 10 highest-paid golfers by an estimated $370 million since May, bringing their combined total to $650 million.
Here’s the list, with only Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth not among the LIV defectors.
1: Phil Mickelson, $138 million ($102 million on course / $36 million off track)
2: Dustin Johnson, $97 million ($68 million / $29 million)
3: Bresson Dechambeau$86 million ($66 million / $20 million)
4: Brooks Koepka, $69 million ($53 million / $16 million)
5: Tiger Woods, $68 million ($43,500 / $68 million)
6: Rory McIlroy, $43 million ($9 million / $34 million)
7: Sergio Garcia, $42 million ($35 million / $7 million)
8: Jordan Spieth, $39 million ($8 million / $31 million)
9: Patrick Reed, $37 million ($34 million / $3 million)
10: Charles Schwartzl, $34 million ($30 million / $4 million)
That Mickelson came first is not surprising. He has been seen as the leader of the LIV golf movement, with reports of a secured contract valued at more than $200 million. Forbes calculates that half of that Mickelson is “probably upfront,” and so has estimated his 2022 earnings on the course to be $102 million. Add in $36 million in off-track revenue — that’s despite being dropped by several sponsors — and Lefty’s total comes to $138 million, which Forbes says will overtake soccer star Lionel Messi as the world’s highest-paid athlete in 2022.
Keep in mind that Mickelson is not the only golfer to achieve this distinction. Woods has held the title for 10 consecutive years.