Here's what Couples said last fall after finding out he got in Hall of Fame on the PGA Tour ballot:
“For everyone who votes for this thing, I'd like to say I fooled you.”
Nobody really disagrees with him either.
There has been much talk that neither deserved to get in the Hall of Fame as they have only won one major between them (Couples at the 1992 Masters). Here's what
“I'll just say that you should have at least two majors. It takes integrity away from the term ‘Hall of Fame.' I'm very upset at the Hall of Fame.”
Montgomerie is only the third golfer to reach the Hall of Fame through the international ballot without a major -- the other two were both Japanese,
Sandy Lyle, another Hall of Fame golfer who got in on the international ballot, didn't think Montgomerie should have even been voted in:
“I thought a major should be behind your name to be even considered. Quite a lot of players have won majors and not even been considered [for the Hall of Fame].”
“I don't understand why Mark O'Meara isn't in the Hall of Fame. I voted for him the last two or three years. He has the better record than either of those two. I'm not saying Couples or Monty shouldn't be in, but I'm saying Mark O'Meara should be in.”
The election of these golfers to the Hall of Fame on both the PGA Tour ballot and the international ballot is done by golf journalists, historians and golf dignitaries. You have to receive 65 percent of the vote, but if nobody gets at least 65 percent the person who got the most (as long as it's above 50 percent) gets in.
Couples and Montgomerie both got 51 percent.
This broke the previous record low of 56 percent received by Vijay Singh in 2006.
Joining Couples and Montgomerie will be
Needless to say, the festivities should be quite interesting as it seems everybody is attending a ceremony they don't particularly agree with.
The 2012 class included Sandy Lyle, Phil Mickelson and Dan Jenkins.