Phil Mickelson is the biggest of the new names on the ballot for the World Golf Hall of Fame’s class of 2012.
What, you say, “Phil Mickelson can’t be in the hall of fame because he is still an active player and one of the best in the world”? According to World Golf Hall of Fame guidelines, the requirements for entry are that a player is at least 40 years old, has been a member of the PGA Tour for 10 years and had two wins in the majors or Players Championship. “The Players Championship?!?!,” you say. We know, we know.
Champions Tour members are eligible if they have been a member of the Champions Tour for five years and have 20 wins between the PGA and Champions Tours or five wins in the majors (regular or senior tour) or the Players Championship. That’s how Loren Roberts got on the ballot this year. Here’s the full story from PGATour.com:
The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum released the PGA TOUR and International ballots for its Class of 2012 today. Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk and Loren Roberts are the newest players added to the PGA TOUR Ballot and Miguel Angel Jimenez is the latest addition to the International Ballot, all four having met the qualifying criteria by the Jan. 1, 2011 deadline.
The ballots have been delivered to their respective voting bodies, comprised of Hall of Fame members, golf journalists, historians and dignitaries from around the globe. The voting window closes in October and an announcement for the Class of 2012 will be made later this year.
English golfer still hits the links at age 100 Sorry, Tom Watson, but we’ve found a new hero: Bill Light of England, who just celebrated his 100th birthday with a round of golf. The Daily Mail (UK) has the details:
But despite his years Bill, who reckons he has played on at least 100 courses around the country, has a respectable handicap of 24.
On his birthday he took part in a tournament with grandson Mark at his local course – and won, without missing a putt.
Light doesn’t bomb it like he used to, but he can still get around the course, according to the Mail.
He can drive the ball about 120 yards – 150 yards less than his best when he was in his prime – but his short game is still in good order.
The retired builder has been married to wife Mabel, 95, for 72 years and they have three children, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Bill added: 'My friend Ted West drives me there twice a week and it is a nine-hole course and I play as many holes as I can – my back gives me a bit of trouble nowadays.
'But for my birthday on Sunday I played with my grandson Mark in a competition and we won it – I putted everything in sight.”
The secret to his longevity: a glass of red wine and a little whisky every day, of course. Davis Love has ‘no doubt’ Tiger will make next year’s Ryder Cup team Gary Smits of The Florida Times-Union asks next year’s American Ryder Cup team captain Davis Love the key questions: Will Tiger get a captain’s pick next year if he needs one and should he be on this year’s Presidents Cup team?
What about Woods? If he needs to make the team next year as a captain's pick, what does he need to show you? That he playing a full schedule. I played with him at the PGA, and it just looks like he needs to play some tournaments. I don't think it's anything more than that. If he plays a little more, he'll be fine. I don't have any doubt that if he plays a full schedule, he will make the team. Did you agree with Fred Couples picking him for the Presidents Cup? Would you have done the same thing? I don't know if I would have picked him before the date [the day after the Tour Championship Sept. 26, when Presidents Cup captain's picks are announced] but I would have picked him. It would be hard not to pick him because you'd be under so much scrutiny because you didn't.
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