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Golf Australia Express : Issue 34
shifting focus on world golf. Or so we thought. Then the inevitable happened. In a move to stay on top of world golf, dominant europeans were forced to play more on the PGA Tour. why? well for starters, the world ranking points system awards a higher allocation for PGA Tour events. And while current world no.2 Rory McIlroy came under a barrage of criticism back home for moving full-time to the uS tour this season after having stated publicly he’d be staying in europe, career-wise the move was a smart choice fro the northern Irishman. female inductees into The hof are no more international than the men. A total of 34 women will have been inducted come Monday, 27 of whom are from the uS. That’s fine if America produces more than four times the quality golfers the rest of the world can muster, but the stats would differ. And when LPGA players can automatically qualify for hof membership while outsiders must still be elected through an International ballot, the process appears predisposed to American selections. ThE moST glarIng omission from The hof must be england’s Laura Davies. If the 48-year- old enjoyed the exact same career she’s had to date, but started playing post-1999 instead of 1985, she’d well and truly be in the great hall. In fact, with her record they would have opened a ‘hall of fame of hall-of-famers’ in her honour. In one of the most storied careers in world golf let alone women’s, Davies has 20 LPGA Tour and 44 LeT titles among her 81 professional wins. That includes four majors—all won in north America— and 12 Solheim cup appearances for europe. yet despite that outstanding world-class record, she doesn’t even qualify for selection according to the world Golf hall of fame’s criteria. why? because her last LPGA win came in 2001 and the benchmarks for women to qualify for The hof was changed in 1999. nEEdlESS To SaY, the world Golf hall of fame points system is a rather convoluted one for the men and women, and is frequently being adjusted. for example, an LeT win is considered only half that of an LPGA win, and only uS- based LPGA majors are considered in the major category. Men need 17 european wins compared to 10 PGA Tour wins in order to be considered for The hof membership. Surely at some point common sense will prevail and we can hope for a more world- encompassing and transparent process. Really, is Davies honestly not more worthy of a place at The hof than bush? we would've thought so. OTG Class of 2011 George Herbert Walker Bush Frank Chirkinian Ernie Els Doug Ford Jock Hutchison Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki Class of 2009 Dwight D. Eisenhower Christy O'Connor Jose Maria Olazabal Lanny Wadkins Class of 2008 Sir Bob Charles Pete Dye Carol Semple Thompson Denny Shute Herbert Warren Wind Craig Wood Class of 2007 Joe Carr Hubert Green Charles Blair Macdonald Kel Nagle Se Ri Pak Curtis Strange Class of 2006 Mark McCormack Larry Nelson Henry Picard Vijay Singh Marilynn Smith Class of 2005 Bernard Darwin Alister MacKenzie Ayako Okamoto Willie Park Sr. Karrie Webb Class of 2004 Isao Aoki Tom Kite Charlie Sifford Marlene Stewart Streit Class of 2003 Leo Diegel Hisako 'Chako' Higuchi Nick Price Annika Sorenstam Class of 2002 Tommy Bolt Ben Crenshaw Marlene Bauer Hagge Tony Jacklin Bernhard Langer Harvey Penick Class of 2001 Judy Bell Donna Caponi Greg Norman Allan Robertson Karsten Solheim Payne Stewart Class of 2000 Deane Beman Sir Michael Bonallack Jack Burke, Jr. Neil Coles Beth Daniel Juli Inkster John Jacobs Judy Rankin Class of 1999 Amy Alcott Seve Ballesteros Lloyd Mangrum Class of 1998 Nick Faldo Johnny Miller The following were moved into The Hof in 1998 from the former Hall of Fame at Pinehurst (in alphabetical order): Willie Anderson (1975) Tommy Armour (1976) John Ball , Jr. (1977) Jim Barnes (1989) Patty Berg (1951) Julius Boros (1982) Pat Bradley (1991) James Braid (1976) William Campbell (1990) JoAnne Carner (1982) Billy Casper (1978) Harry Cooper (1992) Fred Corcoran (1975) Henry Cotton (1980) Bing Crosby (1978) Roberto De Vicenzo (1989) Jimmy Demaret (1983) Joseph Dey (1975) Chick Evans (1975) Ray Floyd (1989) Herb Graffis (1977) Ralph Guldahl (1981) Walter Hagen (1974) Bob Harlow (1988) Sandra Haynie (1977) Harold Hilton (1978) Ben Hogan (1974) Bob Hope (1983) Dorothy Campbell Hurd Howe (1978) Hale Irwin (1992) Betty Jameson (1951) Bobby Jones (1974) Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1987) Betsy King (1995) Lawson Little (1980) Gene Littler (1990) Bobby Locke (1977) Nancy Lopez (1987) Carol Mann (1977) Cary Middlecoff (1986) Tom Morris, Jr. (1975) Tom Morris, Sr. (1976) Byron Nelson (1974) Jack Nicklaus (1974) Francis Ouimet (1974) Arnold Palmer (1974) Gary Player (1974) Betsy Rawls (1960) Clifford Roberts (1978) Chi Chi Rodriguez (1992) Donald Ross (1977) Paul Runyan (1990) Gene Sarazen (1974) Patty Sheehan (1993) Dinah Shore (1994) Horton Smith (1990) Sam Snead (1974) Louise Suggs (1951) J.H. Taylor (1975) Peter Thomson (1988) Jerry Travers (1976) Walter Travis (1979) Lee Trevino (1981) Richard Tufts (1992) Harry Vardon (1974) Glenna Collett Vare (1975) Tom Watson (1988) Joyce Wethered (1975) Kathy Whitworth (1975) Mickey Wright (1964) Babe Zaharias (1951) covEr story tHE ThIs WeeK's Poll The hof lIsT