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At the World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony which took place on Monday, Tim Finchem, PGA TOUR commissioner, said: “I would like to thank Phil for being a role model for young players coming up, and a role model for people who play the game of golf just for fun, because you’ve never seen Phil Mickelson on or off the golf course not showing the proper professionalism that you want to see in any athlete, particularly an athlete in our sport.”
Phil Mickelson said in his acceptance speech: “I want to thank the fans because the fans have made this such a fun ride. There have been a lot of highs and a lot of lows that we have shared together. There have been times when I have struggled, and it’s been their energy that has helped pull me through.”
Phil also reflected on the help and support of his family, long-time caddie Jim ‘Bones’ MacKay, and Steve Loy, his college coach and business partner.
Barclays began sponsoring Phil Mickelson in 2008.
Phil began his career by winning the 1991 Northern Telecom Open in Tucson, Arizona as an amateur. He became a professional golfer in 1992 after completing a degree in psychology at Arizona State.
Phil’s first Major win came at the 2004 Masters, and was followed by Masters victories in 2006 and 2010, as well as a PGA Championship win in 2005. Among the top 20 in the world golf ranking, Phil continues as a force on the PGA TOUR.
Phil Mickelson’s career achievements to date:
- 40 professional tournament wins
- Four Major wins (Masters, 2004, 2006 and 2010; and PGA Championship 2005)
- Nine President’s Cup and eight Ryder Cup USA Team appearances
- 1990 US Amateur Champion
- Four-time, first-team All-American at Arizona State.
Other inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame for 2012 include two-time Major champion Sandy Lyle of Scotland, sportswriter Dan Jenkins, British player and broadcaster Peter Alliss, and LPGA player Hollis Stacy.