A ESPN list of the top 100 most popular athletes on the planet ranked Phil Mickelson number five on its list. In total, golf accounted for 11 of the athletes named.
The list was compiled using a formula developed by Ben Alamar, ESPN’s director of analytics. Endorsements, social media following and internet search popularity were the factors considered. Mickelson doesn’t participate in social media, but an estimated $50 million in annual endorsements and a net worth of $375 million put him as the top golfer.
The list also included Tiger Woods (No.10) Rory McIlroy (No. 14), Jordan Spieth (No. 17), Dustin Johnson (No. 43), Sergio García (No. 58), Rickie Fowler (No. 62), Justin Rose (No. 73), Jason Day (No. 85), Bubba Watson (No. 94) and Adam Scott (No. 98) are all mentioned.
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