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World Golf Hall of Fame: The class of 2012

Peter Alliss and Dan Jenkins
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Peter Allis (left) and Dan Jenkins (right)
On Monday night in St. Augustine, Fla., the World Golf Hall of Fame will induct five new members: Phil Mickelson, Peter Aliss, Dan Jenkins, Sandy Lyle and Hollis Stacy. Here are brief bios of this year's class.

How Phil Mickelson is Changing Lives, By Alan Shipnuck
Born San Diego Home Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Age 41
Family Wife, Amy; daughters Amanda and Sophia; son, Evan
Mentors Dean Reinmuth (childhood); Rick Smith, Dave Pelz, Butch Harmon
Turned pro 1992
Victories 48 worldwide, including 2004, ’06 and ’10 Masters, ’05 PGA and 1991 Northern Telecom Open as amateur
Other accomplishments Won 2007 Players Championship; member of eight Ryder Cup
and nine Presidents Cup teams; 1990 U.S. Amateur champion; ’90, ’91 and ’92 NCAA champion

Golf Magazine Interview: Peter Aliss, the Voice of Golf (July 2011)
Born Berlin Home Surrey, England Age 81
Family Wife, Jackie; sons Gary, Simon and Henry; daughters Carol and Sara
Mentor Father, Percy, a leading European tour professional in 1920s and '30s and then longtime golf instructor
Turned pro 1945 Victories 21, including three British PGAs
Other accomplishments Played in eight Ryder Cups; retired as player at age 38; debuted as analyst with BBC in 1961 and ABC Sports in '75; partnering with Dave Thomas and also Clive Clark, has done design work on more than 70 courses; auther of 20 golf books.

By Renton Laidlaw
Peter Alliss is an institution. For 50 years the former Ryder Cup golfer has been the hugely respected and much-admired mellifluous voice of BBC golf. In fact, he is BBC golf. Commentary came easily to this son of a successful golfing father, but there is a poignant reminder of why Peter gave up playing. His Bentley carries the license place PUTT 3.

Author of many books on golf (and the racy novel The Duke), Peter is a larger-than-life raconteur and bon vivant who, at 81, has been playing to packed village halls on a sold-out whistle-stop lecture tour around Britain.

His in-depth knowledge of the game and his masterly use of language has endeared him to millions on both sides of the Atlantic. His laid-back style is reminiscent of the 1960s and '70s, when producers had fewer cameras and gizmos at their disposal. It all added up to a less hectic production, giving commentators time to explain and expand. No wonder Peter is the darling of the senior viewer (if not always the younger set).

His award-winning style is unique and idiosyncratic. He will often slip in asides about club events totally unrelated to what's happening on screen. His ability to think on his feet has allowed him to deliver pithy one-liners. Peter is no slave to political correctness. Put more simply, he is a wonderful entertainer. When a male streaker ran onto the 18th green at the 1985 British Open, Peter told viewers, "What a big fuss about such a little thing." Everyone knew what he meant. That's Peter.

Renton Laidlaw, the 2002 recipient of the PGA of America's Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism, has covered golf for newspapers, magazines and as a TV commentator since 1959.

A Dan Jenkins Reader: His Best From the Sports Illustrated Vault
Born Fort Worth, Texas Home Forth Worth Age 82
Family Wife, June; daughter, Sally; sons Marty and Danny Idols John Lardner, Jim Murray, Damon Runyon, Red Smith
Journalism Writer and then sports editor, Fort Worth Press (1948-61); staff writer, Dallas Times Herald ('61-62); senior writer, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED ('62-84); contributor, Playboy ('85-90); writer-at-large, Golf Digest ('85-present); has written 20 books; memoir scheduled for 2013
Awards 1995 PGA Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award; inducted into National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in '96

By Walter Bingham
I had the good fortune of editing Dan Jenkins in golf and college football, much like driving a Rolls-Royce. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of both sports, and was able to rattle off names of every U.S. Open winner and the runners-up as well. Same with football's national champions.

He grew up cheering for Sammy Baugh, and as captain of the TCU golf team he got to play with Ben Hogan. Dan went to work for the Forth Worth Press and joined SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in 1962.

On deadline, Dan was quick and accurate. His wicked sense of humor often drew blood. Mocking Notre Dame's decision to cement the 1996 national championship by settling for a tie with Michigan State, Dan wrote that the Irish "tied one for the Gipper."

Feeling that Billy Casper had made too much a show of his Mormon religion during the 1969 Masters, Dan wrote, "Billy Casper and his good friend the Lord, strolled hand and hand through the valleys and pines of Augusta, stamping out petroleum-based pesticides."

Here is my favorite Jenkins story, which encapsulates the man. At the '86 Masters, after Jack Nicklaus's stunning comeback, Rick Reilly, sitting next to Dan, said, "Wow, have you ever had a story that's too big to write?" Without looking up from his typewriter, Dan said, "No."

Walter Bingham was an editor and writer at SI from 1995 to 2001 and is currently a special contributor for the magazine.

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