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LIV Golf had a wildly successful weekend in Australia as an estimated 90,000 people walked the grounds at The Grange Golf Club in Adelaide over the last three days. And while those 90,000 watched Phil Mickelson play far better than he has been in the Saudi-backed series, they also watched as he failed yet again to crack the top 10 on the leaderboard, something many thought he might do given his recent performance at the Masters.

But it’s not as if Mickelson wasn’t close. In fact, he finished just one shot back of a tie for 10th and earned the second-best finish of his LIV Golf career.

Phil Mickelson recorded the second-best finish of his LIV Golf career at this weekend’s Australia event

Phil Mickelson during the final round of the LIV Golf event in Adelaide, Australia
Phil Mickelson of Hyflyers GC tees off on the 5th hole during day three of LIV Golf Adelaide at The Grange Golf Club on April 23, 2023 | Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images

Following an opening-round 70 on the par-72 layout at The Grange, Mickelson shot the low round of his LIV Golf career on Saturday, firing a 7-under 65, matching his final round a couple of weeks back at Augusta National.

But despite his solid play, Phil entered the final round 11 shots back of the lead as Talor Gooch was a ridiculous 20-under after consecutive 62s. And while Gooch was 11 shots worse on Sunday with a 1-over 73, he still finished at 19-under for the week, three clear of Anirban Lahiri.

As for Mickelson, the 52-year-old posted a 3-under 69 to finish at 12-under for the week. While technically tied for 11th, he officially finished 16th, given how the LIV Golf points system works. Here’s a look at the full leaderboard.

1Talor Gooch-19
2Anirban Lahiri-16
3Patrick Reed-15
4Cameron Smith-15
5Cameron Tringale-15
6Pat Perez-15
7Peter Uihlein-14
8Dean Burmester-14
9Charl Schwartzel-14
10Dustin Johnson-13
11Jason Kokrak-12
12Bubba Watson-12
13Kevin Na-12
14Sergio Garcia-12
15Henrik Stenson-12
16Phil Mickelson-12
17Harold Varner III-12
18Louis Oosthuizen -12
19Brooks Koepka-12
20Abraham Ancer-12
21Marc Leishman-11
22Charles Howell III-11
23Sebastian Munoz-11
24Chase Koepka-10
25Danny Lee-10
26Ian Poulter-9
27Mito Pereira-9
28Bryson DeChambeau-9
29Brendan Steele-9
30Joaquin Niemann-8
31Bernd Wiesberger-8
32James Piot-7
33Thomas Pieters-7
34David Puig-7
35Richard Bland-7
36Lee Westwood-6
37Carlos Ortiz-6
38Graeme McDowell-6
39Paul Casey-4
40Scott Vincent-3
41Brendan Grace-3
42Matt Jones-2
43Jediah Morgan-1
44Matthew WolffE
45Eugenio ChacarraE
46Martin Kaymer+7
47Sihwan Kim+14
48Laurie CanterE
WDSam Horsfield+1

Mickelson’s 16th-place finish is the second-highest of his LIV Golf career, behind only his eighth-place finish in Chicago last year. And it’s easily his highest finish of this 2023 season,n as he finished 27th at Mayakoba, 32nd in Tucson, and 41st in Orlando.

As for the team aspect, Phil’s Hyflyers GC squad finished fourth at 40-under, also their highest finish of the season.

Phil Mickelson and LIV Golf are right back at it next weekend in Singapore.


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