About six months ago, we asked someone close to us if they would be interested in doing a Notinhalloffame.com section in regards to the World Golf Hall of Fame. His answer was that it would not be very interesting as the Hall inducts “everybody”. Apparently, they have agreed.
The Florida based institution has announced that they are cancelling the 2014 Hall of Fame process and have announced that they will look at overhauling the process. Currently, there are five categories in which you can be inducted; The PGA Tour/Champions Tour, LPGA Tour, International, Lifetime Achievement and Veterans.
On the PGA Tour the requirements are as follows:
Minimum of 40 Years Old, PGA Tour Member for at least 10 Years and 10 PGA Tour wins or two Majors or Players Championships.
For the Champions Tour, the golfer has to be a member for at least five years and have 20 wins between the Champions Tour and PGA Tour. Alternately, five Majors (combined) would also qualify.
Prior to the impending overhaul, a candidate has to receive 65% of the vote. Failing that, as long as the top vote getter gets at least 50%, he will be inducted.
The current process has resulted in players being inducted into the World Golf Hall who were still active and viable players. The best example is Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els who won Majors, after, they were inducted. This does not happen in the four major North American team sports.
Potential changes could involve pushing the age limit back to 60, which should limit players from achieving a major win after induction. Baseball has shown that it is not necessary to induct a player every year. At present, they are not scheduled to renew the process until 2015.