Phil Mickelson Commits to LIV Golf, Will Play This Week in London
Steph Chambers/Getty Images. Pictured: Phil Mickelson.
LIV Golf just picked up its biggest name for this week’s Saudi Arabia-backed event at Centurion Club outside of London: Phil Mickelson.
Mickelson hasn’t competed in months due to friction with the PGA TOUR, but he will tee it up for the June 9 start in St. Albans.
The original list of participants for the LIV Golf Invitational was released last Wednesday, most notably including Dustin Johnson (13th in the Official World Golf Ranking), Louis Oosthuizen (20), Kevin Na (33), Talor Gooch (34) and Sergio Garcia (54).
Mickelson’s most recent event was the Saudi International in early February, when he tied for 18th. His last action on the PGA TOUR was at the Farmers Insurance Open a few weeks prior.
According to Golf Channel’s Brentley Romine, Mickelson signed a deal over the weekend worth around $200 million.
The LIV series features eight total events, five of which are hosted in the U.S. The first stop in the states is June 30-July 2 in Portland at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.
Bedminster, Chicago, Boston and Miami are the four other locations in the LIV series, which spans three continents.
There’s also speculation that 33-year-old Rickie Fowler could join the field as well.
Fowler’s missed the cut in five of his 12 outings this season, and hasn’t slipped inside the top 20 at any event. His best finish is 21st at the Wells Fargo Championship in early May, while he posted a score of +8 at last week’s Memorial Tournament.