Mickelson overtakes Woods in Forbes’ rich list 

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For the first time in his professional career, Tiger Woods is not the highest-paid golfer after being dethroned by old foe Phil Mickelson.

The five-time major-winning left-hander is ranked eighth in Forbes’ 2015 list of top earning athletes after accumulating $50.8m (£33m) over the past 12 months, while Woods came in ninth with $50.6m.

Mickelson, 44, made ground on the course last year, earning $2.8m (£1.8m), while 14-time major winner Woods was sidelined for long periods, taking home $0.6m.

Woods, 39, topped the list from 2001-2011, before Floyd Maythweather replaced him in 2012.

The 26-year-old world number one Rory McIlroy amassed $48.3m (£31m) in 2014, putting him 12th overall, while no other golfer made it into the top 100.

The top earners before the golfers are Floyd Mayweather $160m (£103m), Manny Pacquiao $160m, Cristiano Ronaldo $79.6m, Lionel Messi $73.8m, Roger Federer $67m, LeBron James $64.8m and Kevin Durant $54.1m.

Meanwhile, Greg Norman thinks Chambers Bay will suit long hitters as they will be able to carry fairway bunkers off the tee.

“Chambers Bay is unique and dramatic,” the Australian told Fox Sports. “It has a bit of a wow factor, quite honestly. There’s no question that it favours a long hitter. Most golf courses nowadays, that’s the case.

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