World Golf Hall of Fame: Meet the class of 2012
- By Randall Mell
- May 7, 2012 9:49 AM ET
A look at the members of the newest World Golf Hall of Fame class, which was inducted Monday night in St. Augustine, Fla.
Peter Alliss – Known today for his clever delivery and distinctly British take on the game as a BBC commentator, Alliss was also an accomplished player. He began his broadcasting career with the BBC at the 1961 British Open won by Arnold Palmer at Royal Birkdale, but before that he won 23 times as a professional in the 1950s and ‘60s, with three British PGA titles. He was selected for induction through the lifetime achievement category. Introduced by Terry Jastrow, a seven-time Emmy Award winning television producer who worked with Alliss.
Dan Jenkins – An award-winning reporter and author, Jenkins grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, where like Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson before him, he was runner-up in the city amateur championship. Jenkins went on to chronicle the careers of Hogan and Nelson for Fort Worth’s daily newspaper and then took his talent national, writing for Sports Illustrated and later Golf Digest and authoring more than 20 books. He introduced a biting humor to the game’s storytelling that won him a legion of fans. He was selected for induction through the lifetime achievement category. Introduced by Jerry Tarde, editor-in-chief at Golf Digest.
Sandy Lyle – Winner of 29 worldwide titles, the Scotsman broke through to win his first major in 1985 at the British Open at Royal St. George's. He became the first international winner of The Players Championship in ‘87 and the first British winner of the Masters in ’88. He was selected via the international ballot. Introduced by European Tour broadcaster Renton Laidlaw.
Phil Mickelson – With 48 worldwide victories – 40 on the PGA Tour – Mickelson’s resume includes four major championships – three Masters (2004, ’06 and ’10) and a PGA Championship (’05). With a terrific short game, and a derring-do style, Mickelson has staked his Hall-of-Fame claim as one of the most entertaining players in the game’s history. At 41, he will be inducted via election through the PGA Tour ballot, garnering 72 percent of the vote, most since Greg Norman made it in with 80 percent of the vote in 2001. Introduced by Steve Loy, his agent and his college coach at Arizona State.
Hollis Stacy – Claiming 18 LPGA titles – four of them major championships, including three U.S. Women’s Opens (1977, ’78 and ‘84) – Stacy was a factor in so many of the biggest events in the women’s game in the ‘70s and ‘80s. She also won three consecutive U.S. Girls’ Junior titles (1969-71). She was selected for induction through the veterans category. Introduced by her younger sister, Martha Leach, winner of the 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.
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