Six-time major winner Phil Mickelson on Thursday backed moves to award world ranking points for events at the breakaway LIV golf circuit,

The Saudi-backed LIV Series is hosting its first tournament in Asia this week and announced a deal on Wednesday to see the tournaments jointly sanctioned by the MENA,

The Middle East and North Africa Tour and awarded points towards the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).

The official world golf ranking still has not announced whether points will now be awarded to LIV events, starting with this week's tournament in Bangkok.

But Mickelson, whose exit from the US PGA Tour helped launch the big-money LIV streak, said it was in the rankings' best interest to do so.

"I think it's a great way for the World Golf Rankings to maintain its credibility without bringing politics into the decision-making process,

LIV has already hosted five events but without awarding ranking points for its players - including British Open champion Cameron Smith and former world number one Dustin Johnson.

Mickelson, Smith, and Johnson are all competing at the new Stonehill course outside the Thai capital for a share of $20 million, with $4 million for the winner,