Phil, Furyk Get Foot in Hall’s Door
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Phil: head of the class

Phil Mickelson is one of the biggest names leading the class of 2012 in the World Golf Hall of Fame Ballot (which isn’t too shabby). The four-time major winner was added to the newest edition of PGA Tour’s list, along with Jim Furyk and Loren Roberts, while Miguel Angel Jimenez was included in the International Ballot.

The ballots have been distributed to the voters, “comprised of Hall of Fame members, golf journalists, historians and dignitaries from around the globe.” Voting closes in October and the inductees will be announced later this year.

What qualifications must a player meet for consideration? Current and former PGA Tour and Champions Tour players:

  • PGA Tour
    • Minimum of 40 years old
    • PGA Tour member for 10 years
    • 10 PGA Tour wins or two wins in the majors or Players Championship
  • Champions Tour
    • Champions Tour member for five years
    • 20 wins between PGA Tour and Champions Tour or five wins in the majors (regular or senior) or Players Championship

And on the International side:

  • Minimum of 40 years old
  • Cumulative 50 points earned as follows:
    • Men
      • 6 points – Major victories
      • 4 points – Players Championship win
      • 3 points – Other PGA Tour win, European Tour win
      • 2 points – Japan Golf Tour, Sunshine Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia, Champions Tour win
      • 1 point – Other national championship win; Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup participation

Full list of candidates on the class of ’12 ballot:

*The PGA Tour…

Miller Barber

Fred Couples

Jim Furyk

Don January

Tony Lema

Davis Love III

Harold (Jug) McSpaden

Phil Mickelson

Mark O’Meara

Loren Roberts

Macdonald Smith

Dave Stockton

Ken Venturi

Fuzzy Zoeller


Peter Alliss

Darren Clarke

Max Faulkner

Retief Goosen

Miguel Angel Jimenez

Sandy Lyle

Graham Marsh

Colin Montgomerie

Norman Von Nida

Ian Woosnam

I’d say that’s a decent group of players in the running! If you could vote for five players, which would make your Hall of Fame?

(AP Photo/Steve Milne)