March 13, 2024

LIV Golf’s 5 very famous names who’ve raked in £34m but still not won a tournament | Golf | Sport

LIV Golf‘s prominent figures, including Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, and Sergio Garcia, have yet to win a tournament under the organisation’s banner. Nonetheless, their collective prize money earnings from leaderboard placements have surpassed £34 million since 2022.

During its inaugural season, Mickelson was one of the initial signees with the Saudi-backed league, reportedly securing a £183 million [$200 million] signing bonus. This move catapulted him to the position of the highest-paid player in LIV history.

Despite being a six-time Major champion, Mickelson’s most notable finish within LIV Golf occurred this season in Jeddah. He tied for sixth alongside Charles Howell III, Anirban Lahiri, Talor Gooch, Adrian Meronk, and Jason Kokrak. His score of -10 placed him behind Joaquin Niemann, who clinched victory with a score of -17.

Despite the league’s three-year tenure, Mickelson, captaining the HyFlyers team, has yet to break into the top 30 players. However, his current ranking of No. 27 after four events this season represents his best performance to date.

In this year’s LIV Hong Kong tournament, Poulter secured an impressive eighth-place finish, denoted by a distinctive streak of four consecutive birdies from the third to the sixth hole. This achievement stands as the pinnacle of his LIV career across 24 events. Poulter, serving as the co-captain of Majesticks Golf Club, boasts eight top-10 finishes in PGA Majors, including a runner-up position at the 2008 Open Championship, and has climbed as high as No. 5 in the world rankings.

Initially under scrutiny for its financial backing, LIV is backed by the Public Investment Fund [PIF], Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. Critics have accused the Saudi government of leveraging sports investments to enhance its international reputation.

Notably, LIV Golf tournaments offer substantially larger prize purses than the historic PGA Tour. For example, Mickelson’s PGA Tour earnings over his 32-year professional career amount to approximately £88.39 million [$96,577,701], with only Tiger Woods surpassing him at over £109.82 million [$120 million] outside of LIV Golf. Mickelson has only managed to exceed £4.58 million [$5 million] in annual prize money earnings seven times during his career.

The upcoming LIV Miami tournament is scheduled from April 5 to 7, with last year’s tournament held at Trump National Doral and won by Bryson DeChambeau’s team with a score of -11.


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