Check out historic lows LIV golfers Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson have hit in world rankings

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Most LIV golfers have seen their world ranking tank mainly because they are not eligible for Official World Golf Ranking points.

For others, that’s a good excuse to cover up poor play.

With LIV’s second season a week away, some of those more notable players have hit historic lows.

Dustin Johnson’s bank account may have received a big boost last year but his world ranking tumbled to spot he has not seen in 13 years. And while Phil Mickelson’s earnings soared (he received a reported $200 million to join LIV) his ranking has hit a more than three decade low.

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Johnson made more than $35 million in prize money on the LIV Golf Series last year by winning the individual and team titles, along with signing for a reported $125 million. When the world rankings were released Monday he was outside the top 50 for the first time in 13 years.

He fell one spot to No. 51. The last time he was lower than 50: Jan. 31, 2010, when he was No. 55. Johnson eventually made it to No. 1 in the world in 2017, where he remained for 64 consecutive weeks, the fifth longest run at the top. In all, he held the No. 1 spot for a total of 135 weeks.

Johnson was 13th in the world the week it was announced he was joining LIV. He missed playing in a couple of Asian Tour events the last two week that award world ranking points because a back injury.

Mickelson was 71st in the world when his move to LIV became official in June and No. 32 after winning the 2021 PGA Championship. He has fallen to No. 279. Mickelson has missed the cut in the last three events he has played that award world ranking points: The US Open, the Open Championship, the PIF Saudi International played in early February.

The last time Mickelson’s ranking was that low: Jan. 6, 1991, when he was No. 462.

Others who have significantly dropped in the world rankings since joining LIV: Brooks Koepka from 19 to 78. Louis Oosthuizen from 20 to 70. Paul Casey from 27 to 72. Bryson DeChambeau from 29 to 110. Sergio Garcia 54 to 126. Lee Westwood from 74 to 216. Matthew Wolff from 77 to 163.

The LIV Golf League, headed by Greg Norman and financed by the Saudis, opens its second season Feb. 24 at Mayakoba, Mexico. LIV applied for Official World Golf Ranking points last July, but the OWGR board typically requires one to two years from the time they receive the application from a golf tour to rewarding points to players in its events. Even at that point, nothing is guaranteed for LIV.

LIV’s 48-man fields and no-cut events are two aspects that do not meet OWGR points guidelines, although a tour can be awarded points without meeting all guidelines.


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