Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Updated: November 10, 11:59 AM ET
Phil Mickelson selected for Hall of Fame
By Bob Harig
Phil Mickelson is the newest member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
The four-time major champion, who is playing in this week's Barclays Singapore Open, was an obvious choice for the Hall in his first year on the ballot.
"It seems Phil has been destined for this honor for some time," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement. "From his days as one of 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."
Mickelson, who became eligible for the honor after turning 40 last year, received 72 percent of votes cast, the Hall of Fame said.
"Being called a hall of fame golfer, it does make me sound a little bit old," Mickelson said in Singapore, where he is competing in the Singapore Open. "But I don't feel old. I feel like I've got a lot of great golf ahead of me."
A winner of 39 events on the PGA Tour, Mickelson, 41, has won three Masters and a PGA Championship and this year captured the Shell Houston Open. Next week, he will play for the United States team in the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne.
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.
To be elected to the Hall of Fame, golfers must receive at least 65 percent of votes cast by journalists, historians and golf dignitaries. After Mickelson, Fred Couples received the second-most votes with 38 percent, while Davis Love III and Mark O'Meara each received 29 percent.
Bob Harig is the golf writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.