PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Tiger Woods will enter the World Golf Hall of Fame next year, voted on Wednesday by a selection committee that has chosen from 10 finalists.
Woods, 44, is eligible for 2021 induction after the rules were changed earlier this year to reduce the minimum age from 50 to 45. The location of the ceremony, which will include up to three other related parties to be announced in the coming days, has yet to be determined.
“I am honored and honored to be entered into the World Golf Hall of Fame,” Woods said in a statement after I was told by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan. “Last year has been such an incredible journey and the support I have” from my family, friends and fans has been overwhelming. This result is the maximum recognition for never giving up and continuing to chase. ”
Woods returned from the 2017 spinal fusion surgery to win three times, including the Masters 2019 for his 15th main title and the Zozo Championship last fall for his 82nd record-breaking victory of the PGA Tour.
But Woods was a lock on the Hall of Fame long before. He has 93 wins worldwide, completed three times a career in the Grand Slam and achieved the “Tiger Slam” in 2000-01, when he won four consecutive majors, whose main titles are second in the Jack Nicklaus record. 18.
Woods is also an 11-time PGA Tour player of the year, played in eight United States Ryder Cup teams and nine United States Presidential Cup teams and was the winning captain of the United States Presidential Cup winner team United in December.
“Tiger has done more for the game of golf than anyone has ever thought possible, and his historic field feats are just one aspect of its impact,” said Monahan. “His footprint on the game is immeasurable, and his unmatched legacy is one we can’t wait to celebrate as he enters the World Golf Hall of Fame next year. ”
Several players, such as Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els are already in the Hall of Fame dating back to when the minimum eligibility age was 40. It was later changed to 50 and has since returned to 45 this year.
The selection committee could select up to four for induction from a list of 10 finalists which included Woods, Padraig Harrington, Tom Weiskopf, Johnny Ferrell, Dottie Pepper, Susie Maxwell Berning, Sandra Palmer and Beverly Hanson, as well as two contributors, ex PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and architect Marion Hollins.
The World Golf Hall of Fame currently has 60 members and is located in St. Augustine, Florida.