Woods to wait 10 more years for hall of fame

Tiger woods

Tiger woods

Most Hall of Fames in professional sports have some majorly dysfunctional components about them, especially when deciding who to induct. Golf’s Hall of Fame faced some trouble on that front, too, but after the furor that surrounded Colin Montgomerie’s induction in 2013 despite him never winning a major, the World Golf Hall of Fame made some much-needed and admirable reforms.

The latest re-jig of the system sees Jack Nicklaus, Nancy Lopez, Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam appointed co-chairs of the selection committee, and a raise of the minimum induction age from 40 to 50 years old.

Effective immediately, candidates must be at least 50 years of age at the start of the year in which selections are made, replacing the previous age requirement of 40. The exception would be if a player was at least five years removed from being an active participant on his or her respective tour.

“We work very closely with our Hall of Fame Members to ensure all aspects of the Induction criteria are shrewd and judicious,” added Peter.

“As players continue to elevate their fitness levels and continue to play at a high level for a longer period of time, moving the age requirement to 50 ensures that we are able to celebrate their careers at the proper time.”As a 14-time major winner and legend of the game, Woods’ addition to the Hall of Fame seems somewhat inevitable.

Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Annika Sorenstam and Nancy Lopez will meet in May to determine if there will be any golfers inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017.

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