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—Phil Mickelson loved golf before he was old enough to walk and swing a club.
It took him on a thrilling ride of major championships and a few spectacular
crashes, eventually leading to his induction Monday night into the World Golf
Hall of Fame. Mickelson was inducted with two-time major champion Sandy Lyle of
Scotland, writer Dan Jenkins, British player-turned-broadcaster Peter Alliss,
and four-time LPGA major champion Hollis Stacy. That brought membership in the
Hall of Fame to 141, nearly half of them since it moved to the World Golf
Village in 1998. It was the second straight year that a player still among the
top 20 in the world ranking went into the Hall of Fame—Mickelson this year,
Ernie Els in 2011. Lefty allowed himself to pause for a night to reflect on two
decades of golf, starting with his first PGA Tour win while still at Arizona
State. Mickelson congratulated the others in his class and said, “They can
attest that you cant start fulfilling your dreams until you dream big.” Jenkins
and Alliss provided the laughs. Jenkins, who has covered 210 majors dating to
the 1951 U.S. Open, is the third writer in the Hall of Fame, but the first who
was alive to give an acceptance speech—or as Jenkins said, “Im particularly
pleased to be taken in as a vertical human.” Jenkins recalled a different era of
golf, when there was not such a gap between the sportsman and the journalists.
He said he wrote about 93 members of the Hall of Fame, drank with 47 of them and
played golf with 24 of them, most of those rounds with his hero, Ben Hogan. He
figured his best big moment would be his funeral, and he already knew what to
put on his tombstone: “I knew this would happen.” Alliss won 23 times on the
European Tour and played on eight Ryder Cup teams until he switched over to the
BBC, and his straight talk and brilliant command of the language made him
perhaps the most recognizable voice of golf around the world. He worked his 50th
consecutive British Open last year. He also became the first inductee to flip
the bird. He ended a wonderful tale of golf and his career with a short about
the headmistress at his school, Violet Weymouth, who wrote in her final report
of his studied that “Peter does have a brain, but hes rather loathe to use it. I
fear for his future.” His parents died long ago. “And if there is such a thing
as heaven and if people do look down … Well, mom and dad, here we are. Look at
this lot. Look where Ive been. Look what Ive done. Never worked very hard at it,
but its all fallen into place. “And Mrs. Weymouth, if youre there.” Alliss held
up his middle finger. Mickelson was the last to be inducted, the biggest name of
this class with his 42 wins around the world. He was elected on the PGA Tour
ballot, a career that includes the Masters three times, one PGA Championship,
two World Golf Championships, eight Ryder Cup teams and every Presidents Cup
team since it began in 1994. He talked about his family as part of a timeline in
golf. There were memories of his oldest daughter born after the first of his
record five runner-up finishes in the U.S. Open, the blonde curls of his second
daughter, Sophia, whom he told, “Daddy won!” after his first major at the
Masters. He told of the 2005 PGA Championship win, how son Evan was high-fiving
the New Jersey state troopers. And he paid tribute to the thousands of fans he
made along the way in a career that has made Mickelson a modern-day Arnold
Palmer for his go-for-broke style on the golf course and the way he makes every
fan feel special by looking them in the eye or signing countless autographs.
“There have been a lot of times where Ive struggled, and its been their energy
thats helped pull me through,” Mickelson said. “Ive tried to reciprocate by
launching drive after drive in their general direction.” Mickelson choked up
with emotion talking about the only caddie hes ever had as a pro—Jim “Bones”
Mackay—and Steve Loy, his college coach who turned into his business manager.
It was Loy who introduced Mickelson as the “Peoples Choice.” In a rare moment,
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem did not give a brief “State of Golf” as he has
done over the years at the induction ceremony. Instead, he saluted Mickelson for
projecting golfs image as well as anyone. “I would like to thank him in addition
for being a role model, a role model for young players coming up, and a role
model for people who play the game of golf just for fun, because youve never
seen Phil Mickelson on or off the golf course that he wasnt showing the proper
professionalism that you want to see in any athlete, particularly an athlete in
our sport,” Finchem said. “I think only Arnold Palmer maybe could be classified
as better at enthusing our fans and having the fans fall in love with him. The
way he interacts with the fans, the way he signs for the fans, the way he
catches the fans attention, the way he gives them eye contact, the way he shakes
their hands when he has the opportunity.” Perhaps it was only fitting that on
the walkway at the World Golf Village, with the signatures of Hall of Fame
members etched in stone, Mickelsons name is on the stone right next to Palmer.
“Arnold was a guy I really looked up to and tried to emulate and admired the way
he played the game, the way he handled himself, the way he treated other
professionals and everybody,” Mickelson said before the ceremony. “From the
first time I played the U.S. Open in 1994 at Oakmont, which was his final one,
watching him treat the volunteers to an hour-and-a-half discussion and autograph
session, picture session, when he didnt have to do it, he just thanked them for
all of their contributions.” Mickelson will be among the favourites at The
Players Championship this week, and while Mickelson believes the minimum age
should go from 40 to 50, he allowed himself to soak up a Hall of Fame career—
still in progress—when he drove to the World Golf Hall of Fame with his wife.
“Weve really had a pretty great life experience these last 20 years, the things
weve shared,” Mickelson said before the ceremony. “And whats great is that I
feel like at his age, we can still have more. ... It was really a fun time for
us to share just talking on the drive over here what the game has meant to us
and what these last 20 years have brought to us, because we dont really slow
down and reminisce and think about it because were just right in the thick of
it.” Lyle, elected on the International ballot, won 29 times around the world,
including the 1985 British Open and the 1988 Masters with a 7-iron out of the
bunker on the 18th hole for a birdie to become the first British winner of the
green jacket. Lyle also played on five Ryder Cup teams. Jenkins and Alliss were
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10-player deal with the Houston Astros. Ryan Granbergs fourth-quarter touchdown
helped the Queens Gaels edge the Western Mustangs 18-11 in a battle of ranked
Canadian university football teams Saturday. Granberg kicked off the two-play
drive from Westerns 47-yard line by running 28 yards, then taking the ball 19
more yards into the end zone on the next play. Billy McPhee completed 19-of-31
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