World Golf Hall of Fame Should Increase Age Eligibility
By mustang6560 on 5/3/12
50 is the new 40.

Phil Mickelson is 41 years young, which means he is nine years away from the Champions Tour age eligibility. But, the four-time major champion will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame before the start of the PGA Tour's signature event next week - the Players, which is a little odd, even to Phil.
“I wouldn’t be opposed to moving the age,” Mickelson told reporters today in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he will play in a U.S. PGA Tour event beginning tomorrow. “Now with fitness being a bigger part of the tour, careers are going longer. I think that would probably be a better point to reflect on your career as opposed to being inducted while you’re right in the middle of it.”
Phil is a Hall of Famer - no question. However, it's a little strange that he will literally be a Hall of Famer while he is still a force to be reckoned with on the PGA Tour. Take away his unfortunate triple-bogey on the par-3 4th hole in the final round of the Masters and Phil wins it. Should someone who still has the game to finish T3 in a major be in the Hall of Fame?

In my mind, no.

It's not a matter of if with Phil, it's a matter of when. If the fine folks in St. Augustine are listening, I agree with Phil. The age eligibility for the World Golf Hall of Fame should be increased from 40 to 50.

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[ comments ]
cvargo says:
They should treat it like you are eligible X year after you retire from the tour. Don't other sport treat it that way ie basketball football etc?
homermania says:
Agreed with cvargo... They could do it like the Rock/Roll Hall of Fame. Eligible x amount of years after your rookie year.
Banker85 says:
Phil is being induced huh? i didnt know he was prego
mustang6560 says:
@Banker85- nice catch.
joe jones says:
Some of these guys never retire. What do you do then?
Backquak says:
He does look a bit engorged, that baby could drop anytime
jcstoll says:
It's easy for Phil to say, "yeah - induct me later, fine with me". But if it is as Phil says - that with increasing emphasis on fitness, tour careers are lasting longer - should they also be increasing eligibility requirements beyond just age (eg, changing it to, say, 12 tour wins instead of 10)?
legitimatebeef says:
Fame is fame, if you have earned enough of it, you belong in. Why not. Minimum ages are for pensions and Medicare and what not. Se Ri Pak was "induced" a long time ago and I think she is younger than I am. Yikes. But if her fame and legacy have already been cemented what's the point in waiting.
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