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These guys deserve a Hall pass

Posted on: July 2, 2010 12:26 pm
 

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.

Input or insights, comments or criticisms?

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).

Category: Golf
Tags: hall of fame
 
Comments

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2010 5:52 pm
 

I like Steve's choices...

...and I like his reasoning.

Hey, I'm a huge Couples fan & have been for 25 years.  I believe that if not for a decade of injuries, Fred would have at least one more major & another 10 wins.  Freddy, Fuzzy & Mark will all make it in at some point, maybe Davis as well.  But Doug Ford & Macdonald Smith should have been in long before now, so trying to increase the odds that they are finally rewarded makes perfect sense to me.

Sandy Lyle should also have been in already, & what Von Nida did in the era he played in is more impressive than many people understand.  I don't have a problem with either Montgomerie or Ozaki, it's just I might have gone for Van Nida before them.

And for those commenters who prefer to make snide & insulting remarks about Elling, a bit of actual knowledge for you:  Steve Elling is on the board of directors of the Golf Writers Association of America, & has penned articles for national publications such as GolfWorld, Golf Digest & several others.  Even in your dreams you don't understand the game as well as he does, so stick to arguing opinions (just as Elling suggested in his opening, he actually takes intelligent arguments into account) & leave the insults in your bag along with the old, stiff golf gloves.



Since: Apr 12, 2010
Posted on: July 5, 2010 3:37 pm
 

These guys deserve a Hall pass

I totally agree its the majors that make the difference



Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: July 4, 2010 7:50 pm
 

These guys deserve a Hall pass

I guess it's now time to not give Mark O'meara any thoguth for the HOF because he is Tiger's buddy, and we know how much you love to bag on Tiger.  MO's numbers are better than both Couples and Love  (sorry all you haters, 2 majors vs. 1 for the other guys).  5 ryder cup teams made (none by selection, which means 10 years of being one of the best out there), 5 quality wins at Pebble, winning on 5 different continents.... Dunhill and President Cup winner (including a 5-0 record one year).  Yet, not even a mention that mabe in a year or two, he would get your vote (like Couples and Love).  I do like the picks for this year, but get you head out of your crack and give O'meara the due he deserves.........  He belongs in the HOF if you are considering the others.



Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2010 12:02 pm
 

These guys deserve a Hall pass

Solid Gold- Hey moron, why don't you try point out what you disagree with rather than just attacking Elling?




Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2010 11:58 am
 

These guys deserve a Hall pass

Hey moron, why don't you try point out what you disagree with rather than just attacking Elling?




Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2010 11:57 am
 

These guys deserve a Hall pass

Hey moron, why don't you try pointing out what you disagree with rather than just attacking Elling?



Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: July 3, 2010 10:37 am
 

These guys deserve a Hall pass

 If you do not vote for Fred Couples, you are doing the game of golf an injustice. He has all the qualifications to be in the Hall and more important, he has helped make golf the game it is by creating the High standards we expect in Golf and of Fred Couples. If you do not vote for Fred, you should not have a vote



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2010 9:40 am
 

These guys deserve a Hall pass

I like the LPGA's way of deciding who is a Hall of Famer better. You decide a cetain number of wins and at least 1 major to qualify, otherwise you don't make the Hall. This takes the decision away from writers who always have a personal agenda.



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2010 1:05 am
 

These guys deserve a Hall pass

Why in the hell would some know nothing like This fool have any kind of vote? Because he conned someone into giving him a job on this website? The world is really coming to a sorry state when fools like this have any say in anything.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2010 8:27 pm
 

These guys deserve a Hall pass

jack nicklaus once said, " a good player can win one major, but it really takes a great player to win two majors."  it's a significant difference one major to three... though, i'm a huge boom boom fan too...though davis... eh...


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