Phil Mickelson is humbled. Grateful. Appreciative.
He said he has all the feelings one would associate with the honor he will receive Monday at the St. Johns County Convention Center when Mickelson is inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame along with fellow Players Championship and Masters champion Sandy Lyle, 1970s and 1980s LPGA star Hollis Stacy, European Tour player and broadcaster Peter Alliss and sportswriting legend Dan Jenkins.
Mickelson is just not sure it’s the right time, a month shy of his 42nd birthday.
“I’m excited to be a part of it. … I think it’s great,” Mickelson said. “But I think 50 should be the age you go in. The Hall of Fame is about reflecting on your career and I feel like I’m still looking forward. I’m excited about the upcoming years.”
But the voters, a combination of media, representatives from golf’s governing bodies and other Hall of Fame members have spoken. Mickelson was an easy first-ballot selection, named by 72 percent of the voters. It was the highest percentage since Greg Norman received 80 percent in 2001.