SI's Alan Shipnuck nominates Phil Mickelson for the magazine's annual honor.
He makes this case, which is pretty hard to disagree with:
The Mickelsons were celebrating maybe the greatest triumph of Phil’s Hall of Fame career, his rousing comeback to take the British Open. Mickelson’s back-nine 32 is among the most legendary golf ever played at this august championship, and it showcased his evolution from a one-dimensional slugger to a nimble shotmaker. How many athletes reinvent themselves at 43, after a quarter-century of myth-making success? While battling arthritis, no less? Mickelson is now three-quarters of the way to a career Grand Slam and he’s not done yet.