Is Phil Mickelson the most popular, famous golfer in the world?
A recent ESPN list of the top 100 most popular athletes on the planet ranked Mickelson No. 5 on its list, five spots ahead of Tiger Woods. Golf accounted for 11 of the athletes named, putting the sport ahead of the NFL, NHL and MLB.
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 hasn’t participated in social media throughout his career but an estimated $50 million in annual endorsements and a net worth of $375 million put him above other notable players.
International soccer sensation Cristiano Ronaldo earned the overall top ranking, while NBA superstar Lebron James came in at No. 2. Lionel Messi and Roger Federer are the only other players ahead of Mickelson.
While Mickelson and Woods are on top, they have plenty of company. 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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