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Phil Mickelson elected to World Golf Hall of Fame

November 10, 2011 |  8:00 am


Four-time major winner Phil Mickelson has been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame. Mickelson, who became eligible after turning 40 last year, received 72% of votes cast.

"My thanks go to those who voted me into the World Golf Hall of Fame," Mickelson said. "It really is a tremendous honor to be mentioned alongside the greats of a game that's centuries old. The Players Championship week always has been special to me and the induction ceremony next May will make it even more so."

The induction ceremony will be May 7 at the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla., the week of the Players Championship, which Mickelson won in 2007.

"It seems Phil has been destined for this honor for some time," PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said. "From his days as one of the world's premier amateur players to his seamless transition to professional star, Phil has always performed at the highest levels of the sport and this recognition is well deserved."

A winner of 39 events on the PGA Tour, Mickelson has won three Masters and a PGA Championship.

A golfer must be named on 65% of ballots sent in by a panel comprising golf journalists, historians and golf dignitaries to be inducted. This year's results:

Phil Mickelson, 72%; Fred Couples, 38%; Davis Love III, 29%; Mark O'Meara, 29%; Macdonald Smith, 27%; Ken Venturi, 27%; Tony Lema, 22%; Fuzzy Zoeller, 17%; Dave Stockton, 16%; Harold (Jug) McSpaden, 12%; Miller Barber, 10%; Don January, 9%; Jim Furyk, 4%; Loren Roberts, 1%.


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Photo: Phil Mickelson. Credit: Stephen Morrison / EPA.