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Lefty inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame

Phil Mickelson was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame Monday Night, along with Scotland's two-time major champion Sandy Lyle.

Following Ernie Els election to the Hall in 2011, this marks the second consecutive year in which a currently active top 20 player has been invited to join the other 140 members.

Mickleson reflected on two immensly succesful decades of golf that have included four majors, two World Golf Championships and eight Ryder Cup teams.

"There have been a lot of times where I've struggled, and it's been their energy that's helped pull me through," Mickelson said. "I've tried to reciprocate by launching drive after drive in their general direction."

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem took the opportunity to praise Mickelson's role in the game and the shining example he has set for others.

"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 you've never seen Phil Mickelson on or off the golf course that he wasn't 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."


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