Tiger is officially great. Woods is inducted into the Hall of fame

It was clear that tiger woods would be inducted into the world Golf Hall of fame 20 years ago. However, it was on Wednesday, March 11, that woods officially entered the closed and exclusive company of the best golfers of all time. Tiger had already passed all the necessary criteria for a long time, except for one: age. Previously, you could only become a member of the Hall of fame at the age of 50, but since this year, amendments have been made, and now you can join the club at 45. Woods is due to turn 45 in December, so the doors of the Hall of fame will be open to him in 2021.

Playing standards for a golfer of tiger’s caliber seem ridiculous: 15 wins in the main rounds or two majors. Recall that only in the PGA tour, woods won 82 times, and he has 15 majors. Tiger reached the minimum mark of 15 titles and two majors back in 1999, so there was no doubt that woods would appear in the Hall of fame when he reached a certain age.

“It is a great honor for me to be in the world Golf Hall of fame. I am very flattered by this decision. Last year was amazing for me. I have received incredible support from my family, friends and fans. The achievement that I achieved today once again proves that you can never give up and you should always strive for more,” woods said.

Why is tiger talking about “the solution”? Because compliance with regulations is not enough. Those players who meet the minimum requirements are shortlisted. This year, woods was one of 10 finalists whose fate was decided by a special Committee of 20 members. The heads of this Committee are well known people for Golf lovers: Beth Daniel, Nick Price, Annika Sorenstam, and Curtis strange. The player needs to get support from 75% of the judging Committee, that is, from 15 members out of 20. It is simply impossible to imagine that any of this Committee voted that woods was unworthy of being inducted into the Hall of fame.

The world Golf Hall of fame Museum, opened in 1998, is located in Florida. Already today, one of the biggest tournaments of the season — the Players Championship, which is unofficially called the fifth major-starts in this state. Unfortunately, woods will not join the company of the world’s strongest players due to a back injury. The very concept of “Golf Hall of fame” appeared in 1951, but then only in the LPGA, that is, in the American women’s tour. In 1998, members of the LPGA hall of fame were inducted into the overall world hall of fame. Men first entered the elite club in 1974. The first members were 11 players, most of whom can be called Golf legends: Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus, Francis Oumet, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, and Harry Vardon.

Most of the club’s members are famous players of the past and present, but almost immediately the Hall of fame began to distinguish major functionaries, architects, journalists, coaches, and even agents. In 2009 and 2011, the Golf achievements of two former us presidents-Dwight Eisenhower and George H. W. Bush — were recognized. Since the mid-80s, new members do not appear every year: for example, in the past decade, 2014, 2016 and 2018 were “empty” years. In 2020, new members will also not appear: recall that now woods has only been chosen, but the official ceremony will take place in 2021. In the coming days, the names of other golfers and golfers who will receive such a high honor will be announced.