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Phil Headed To World Golf Hall Of Fame

Garry Smits says Mickelson's induction is the subject of the special World Golf Hall of Fame press conference in Singapore today.

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He certainly has the numbers that qualify him. Being overshadowed by Tiger has not helped his image, nor. all the blown chances in tournaments. Who can argue with 39 victories?
11.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJim
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11.9.2011 | Unregistered Commentersarah nm
Phil is a 1st ballot no brainer. Especially if you compare him to some of the others already in, I don't care if you like him or not.
Much deserved!! Congrats Phil!!
11.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMRP
S&T, you got that right. I'm not necessarily a fan of Phil but this guy has to be one of the 10 best of all-time doesn't he? Alongside Tom Watson?

Just looked it up and Phil has exactly the same number of wins as Tom! Granted, Tom has more majors and a game that was probably more versatile, but a a certain point it gets to be hair splitting.

Good onya Phil...
11.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
While Phil Mickelson is a deserving first ballot Hall of Famer, I don't think his accomplishments thus far are enough to rank him among the 10 great greatest golfers of all time. Just quickly off the top of my head I think you have to rank at least 13 guys ahead of him (not necessarily in order 1-13): Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Tom Watson, Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Harry Vardon, Lee Trevino, Nick Faldo, and Seve Ballesteros.

Phil is only 41 years old so I'm not saying he can't still play his way into the top 10, but he's not there at the moment.
11.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTom Ierubino
Tom --

Arnold Palmer?
Gary Player?

But I agree... Phil's not a top-tenner, but is bumping up against the top 15.
The amazing thing about Phil is that he lost, lost, lost and then at age 34 won, won, won, hit a tent, and won again. How many guys in any sport can be such a loser and at the same time be such a winner?
11.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRaggededge
Innocent Bystander,

You're so right! Of course, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player also rank ahead of Phil. Like I said, it was just off the top of my head and I posted too quickly. Very careless on my part.
11.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTom Ierubino
The best player ever to never have been World #1... ;)
11.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Even though it was in jest, I take that back - I just checked out the history of the World Rankings, and found that neither Lee Trevino nor Gary Player ever reached the #1 spot in the McCormack ranking (which turned into the official Sony World ranking in April 1986). I thought that they did in ´71 and ´74 respectively, but no, Nicklaus occupied the top spot from ´68 to ´77.

So that leaves Phil as the best player ever to never have been Player of the Year or #1 on his home tour Money List!
11.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Hawkeye makes an excellent point, it is tough to be #1 when Jack and Tiger were at their prime.
No brainer.
He deserves his place.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered Commenterchico
Impressive numbers, impressive career. And he's not done yet. Congrats to Phil.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike T.
@Del -

I like Phil well enough ... but I'm not sure about top-10 alltime. Just off the top of my head (and I'm not near as learned as most on here):

TW, Jack, Arnie, Gary, Billy Casper, Hogan, Snead, Nelson, Bobby Jones, Trevino.

There's a quick 10. :)

11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiquidKaos
@all -

I guess I should've read farther down! My "point" was made by many others, lol.

11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiquidKaos

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