Granted, the process is usually private and subjective.
But since we have vetted the nominees for readers in the past and actually used their input before logging votes, it seems a decent idea to list the candidates on the ballots for induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame next spring on the two major ballots.
Here's the list of candidates and a brief summary of their accomplishments, with the names of the guys for whom I voted noted in bold.
Your eyes do not deceive. I only logged three of four possible entries on the PGA Tour ballot, because a certain percentage of the total voting tally is required for players to be enshrined and I didn’t want to unnecessarily dilute the chances of the three players I believe are most deserving, including two veterans (Doug Ford and Macdonald Smith) who are way past due for enshrinement. Couples and Love can wait. Let's take care of the old guys first.
As for the International Ballot, Jumbo Ozaki never did a thing outside Japan, and Colin Montgomerie never won in the States, but they were huge figures as far as the development of the game in their regions, and after all, it's the "World" Golf Hall of Fame, not a repository just for PGA Tour stars.
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PGA Tour Ballot (vote for up to four candidates):
□ Miller Barber (11 PGA Tour wins).
□ Fred Couples (15 PGA Tour wins, including one major and two Players Championship titles, two Player of Year awards).
■ Ernie Els (18 PGA Tour wins, including three majors, topped European Tour in earnings twice).
■ Doug Ford (19 PGA Tour wins including two majors, was Player of the Year in 1955).
□ Jay Haas (Nine PGA Tour wins).
□ Don January (10 PGA Tour wins, including one major).
□ Tony Lema (11 PGA Tour wins, including one major; died at age 32).
□ Davis Love III (20 PGA Tour wins including one major and two Players titles).
□ Jug McSpaden (17 wins on PGA Tour).
□ Mark O'Meara (16 PGA Tour wins, including two majors, was Player of Year in 1998).
□ Kenny Perry (14 PGA Tour wins).
■ Macdonald Smith (24 PGA Tour wins, including three Western Open titles, which was a major at the time. Died in 1949).
□ Dave Stockton (10 PGA Tour wins, including two majors).
□ Ken Venturi (14 PGA Tour titles, including one major; entered broadcasting after career ended early because of carpal tunnel issues).
□ Fuzzy Zoeller (10 PGA Tour titles, including two majors).
International Ballot (vote for three)
□ Peter Alliss (21 European Tour victories, topped European money list twice; now a noted broadcaster).
□ Darren Clarke (11 European Tour wins, two PGA Tour titles).
□ Max Faulkner (14 European Tour titles, including 1951 British Open. Died in 2005).
□ Retief Goosen (Two majors and five additional titles on PGA Tour, plus 12 titles on European Tour).
■ Sandy Lyle (Two majors and Players title among his six PGA Tour wins and 16 European Tour victories; topped European money list three times).
□ Graham Marsh (62 global wins including one on PGA Tour).
■ Colin Montgomerie (30 European Tour wins, topped money list eight times).
■ Jumbo Ozaki (111 victories in Japan, topped money list 12 times since 1993).
□ Norman Von Nida (21 titles on PGA Australasian Tour, 12 on European Tour; topped European in earnings in 1947).
□ Ian Woosnam (29 European Tour wins, including one major, topped money list twice).