Phil Mickelson, who has won six majors and had 45 career PGA Tour wins after losing several sponsors, was somehow 'fed' by the Arab Golf League which pocketed 200 million, probably half of which. as an advance. In all, the 52-year-old golfer has grossed $ 138 million in the past year, becoming the highest-paid sportsman in the world in 2022, better than football stars like Lionel Messi ($ 130 million in 2021).
The Forbes online site reports it. Seven of the 10 highest paid golfers in the world in 2022 are part of the Arab Super League, according to Forbes. Californian Mikelson precedes compatriots Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau, respectively in second and third place.
Then, in fourth, there is Brooks Koepka, with Tiger Woods still in fifth. 'The Big Cat', along with Rory McIlroy (sixth) and Jordan Spieth (eighth), is the only one of the three golfers on this list who is not part of LIV Golf.
Phil Mickelson, results
Sergio Garcia (seventh), Patrick Reed (ninth) and Charl Schwartzel (tenth) close the ranking. According to Forbes, 'LIV Golf has increased - since May - the earnings of the 10 highest paid players by approximately $ 370 million, bringing their tally to a record 650,000,000.
" Philip Alfred Mickelson (known as Lefty for his left-handed swing even though he is right-handed in everyday life) (San Diego, June 16, 1970) is an American golfer. He is one of the best players of his generation and has won six major major tournaments: three times the Masters (in 2004, 2006 and 2010), two the PGA Championship (in 2005 and 2021) and once The Open Championship in the edition of the 2013.
He is one of 13 players in golf history to have won at least 3 of the 4 majors and has also finished six times in second place in the US Open Championship but never managed to win this tournament. With his victory in his second PGA Championship on May 23, 2021, he became, at 50, 11 months and 8 days, the oldest player to take the lead in one of four major tournaments.
The exceptional performance on the Kiawah Island course - where he beat compatriot Bruce Koepka and South African Louis Oosthuizen, who were twenty years younger, after an exciting three-way duel - came eight years after the last major won in 2013.
Mickelson, who had progressively slipped past the hundredth position in the world rankings, suddenly rose to number 32. Over the course of his almost thirty-year career he has been in the top 10 in the world according to the Official World Golf Ranking for over 700 weeks, coming in on several occasions to occupy the second place, but never the first, in a period dominated by Tiger Woods, of which Michelson was one of the few rivals able to put him in trouble.
In fact, thanks to an unscrupulous game (risky in jargon), made up of imaginative and otherwise impossible recoveries, he has often been able to keep up with younger athletes in the form of himself.