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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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?
Agreed with cvargo... They could do it like the Rock/Roll Hall of Fame. Eligible x amount of years after your rookie year.
Phil is being induced huh? i didnt know he was prego
@Banker85- nice catch.
joe jones says:
Some of these guys never retire. What do you do then?
He does look a bit engorged, that baby could drop anytime
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)?
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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