Golf's richest star is becoming one of its worst

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Phil Mickelson is cashing cheques while playing some of the worstgolf of his career.

Before the Saudi-backed LIV Golf burst onto the scene, Mickelson wouldn’t have made a cent on-course since February due to his diabolical form.

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Mickelson is making a guaranteed $200 million (A$286.6m) to play on the LIV Golf circuit for at least three years.

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The lefty’s glorified appearance fee is more than double his prize money earned in a 20-year PGA Tour career of $96,470,603.

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He can also earn up to A$5.75m for winning a LIV event and at least $172,000 for coming last.

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The 52-year-old missed the cut at both the US Open and The Open and has a combined scoring average of 72.846 on the PGA Tour and LIV Golf this season.

It's a poor effort when compared to golfing great Rory McIlroy who has the lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour this season at 68.595.

Forbes estimates that Mickelson has made $138 million (A$198m) this year while McIlroy’s earnings sit at $43 million (A$61.7m).

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Mickelson now sits top of the richest golfers list with Tiger Woods sliding to fifth behind LIV Golfers Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka.

The irony of Mickelson now being golf’s richest player, despite a string of poor displays, won’t be lost to anyone after looking at his numbers.

Words: Jacob PolychronisProducer: Stefan Centofanti