Why Tiger Woods' $800 million commitment to LIV Golf may benefit the PGA Tour

No professional athlete in the world has earned more money in the last year than Phil Mickelson, who, according to Forbes, out-earned Lionel Messi ($130 million) with earnings of $138 million.

In his six non-LIV appearances in '22, Mickelson, who has six major championships and 45 PGA Tour victories to his credit 

 but defected from the PGA Tour to the Saudi-funded LIV Golf Series this year for an estimated $200 million, didn't place higher than tied for 18th

and failed to make the cut in four of the six events he played in, including the U.S. Open and British Open. 

The PIF Saudi International was the competition where the 52-year-old got his best finish, which is appropriate given his present job.

Even when taking into account his three LIV Golf finishes, Mickelson hasn't done better than tied for 18th this year, which puts him just outside the top 100 in the World Golf Rankings (No. 99).

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