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Dec182012

April Fools Early: Monty & Ken Schofield In World Golf HOF

The standards for induction continue to be lowered. But not to worry, cronyism's alive and well!

For Immediate Release:

World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum completes Class of 2013 with Colin Montgomerie and Ken Schofield

European duo joins Couples, Venturi and Park Jr.

London (Dec. 18, 2012) – Colin Montgomerie and Ken Schofield share, as player and administrator respectively, a special affinity with both The European Tour and The Ryder Cup and they will be honored for their contribution to the game next year when they are inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum.

Montgomerie – elected through the International Ballot – and Schofield – selected through the Lifetime Achievement Category – will be honored along with fellow 2013 inductees Fred Couples, Willie Park Jr. and Ken Venturi at the Induction Ceremony on May 6, 2013, at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla. The Ceremony will once again kick off THE PLAYERS Championship week.

George O’Grady, The European Tour Chief Executive, and Jack Peter, the Hall of Fame Chief Operating Officer, made the official announcement at a press conference attended by both Montgomerie and Schofield prior to The Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Year Luncheon in London.

“This is a very special day for golf and for The European Tour,” O’Grady said. “Colin and Ken are unique individuals and their contribution to not only The European Tour, on and off the fairways, but also The Ryder Cup makes them both very worthy candidates for the World Golf Hall of Fame.

“Colin’s achievement in winning the Harry Vardon Trophy eight times, including seven in a row, took considerable talent, skill, imagination, endurance, physical strength and mental resilience. Any aspiring and ambitious golfer on The European Tour today craves the opportunity to win The Race to Dubai, which has succeeded the Order of Merit, just once – to  do it eight times is universally viewed as a superhuman feat.

Easy there George.

“Colin became European Number One for the eighth time in 2005 which, coincidentally, was the year I succeeded Ken. Unquestionably, Ken’s contribution to The European Tour is incalculable. His vision, passion and reservoir of knowledge established the foundations that we enjoy today and, like Colin, he has enthusiastically supported and taken enormous joy from Europe’s recent triumphs in The Ryder Cup.”

The accomplishments of both Montgomerie and Schofield have been recognized around the world.

"Ken and Colin are truly worthy of induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame,” said Mike Davis, USGA Executive Director and chairman of the World Golf Foundation Board of Directors. “These two men played huge roles in golf's international development in the late 20th century. Ken provided more opportunities for top players to compete around the world, while Colin took advantage of these opportunities and set an unmatched standard of prolonged excellence on The European Tour."

I'm guessing that was as torturous to write as it was to read.

“Colin Montgomerie and Ken Schofield are outstanding ambassadors of the game,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “Each has made vital contributions to golf’s global expansion.

Vital!

Colin’s achievements on The European Tour and the Ryder Cup have gained him fans worldwide, while Ken’s tireless work during his time at The European Tour created new innovations and tremendous international growth. Congratulations to both Colin and Ken on this well-deserved honor.”

Montgomerie dominated The European Tour in the 1990s, finishing Number One seven times in succession from 1993 and then capturing another Harry Vardon Trophy in 2005. The Scot turned professional in 1987, following his second Walker Cup appearance, and won 31 European Tour titles – a record by a British player – including three successive PGA Championships at Wentworth Club and, in total, 40 tournaments worldwide.

In eight successive Ryder Cup appearances from 1991, Montgomerie created a remarkable record of being unbeaten in the singles with a 6-0-2 mark, in addition to winning 9 1/2 points from 14 foursomes and 7 points from 14 fourballs.  He then went on to captain the European Team, which regained The Ryder Cup at The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales, in 2010.

Montgomerie, who received the MBE in 1998 and then the OBE in the 2005 New Year’s Honours List, will be eligible to compete on the European Senior Tour when he celebrates his 50th birthday on June 23 next year.

“It is a wonderful surprise to hear that I will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame next year,” Montgomerie said.

He's so modest.

“I know I am very fortunate to have enjoyed such a successful career playing the game I love and it makes me feel very proud that my achievements have been recognized in this way. While my eight Order of Merit wins were very special, as everyone knows my Ryder Cup experiences have provided the very best moments in my career and receiving this great honor is the icing on the cake. I am delighted that my dear friend Ken Schofield’s notable contribution to European golf will also be recognized at next year’s Ceremony and I look forward to sharing this special occasion with him.”

You know how I begged Golf Channel to televise the speeches live? Rescinded. This'll be the longest night ever!

Schofield became First Secretary and Executive Director of The European Tour on Jan. 1, 1975, succeeding John Jacobs. When he took the helm, The European Tour comprised 17 official events with an official prize fund of €599,084. When he retired at the end of 2004, there were 45 official events with official prize money of £106,010,654, in addition to 29 European Challenge Tour events and 21 European Senior Tour events. Schofield initiated global expansion for the game when he took The European Tour outside of the European continent for the first time in 1982 with the playing of the Tunisian Open. That began a structure whereby the Tour positioned itself internationally – co-sanctioned tournaments with other Tours now total 164 since the inaugural one in South Africa in 1995 – with more opportunity and incentive for the players in first the major championships then the World Golf Championships.

Since his retirement Schofield, born and raised in Perthshire, Scotland, where he became, at 23, Scotland’s youngest bank manager, has become an integral part of The Golf Channel’s broadcast team at The Ryder Cup and major championships. He also served for five years as President of The Golf Foundation, of which a founding member was Hall of Fame member Sir Henry Cotton, prior to being succeeded by Montgomerie. He is also on the board of several companies and organizations and was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1996.

Oh, a CBE in the Queen's 1996 Birthday Honours List? I think half the country was on that list!

And the voting...

World Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2013
International Ballot Results
 
Candidate                                 Voting Results (%)
Colin Montgomerie                    51 %
Graham Marsh                           34
Ian Woosnam                            21
Padraig Harrington                    19
Retief Goosen                           18

Winning two majors never has had the same cache as those superhuman Orders of Merit!

Norman von Nida                      15
Max Faulkner                            7
Darren Clarke                            5
Miguel Angel Jimenez               2

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Reader Comments (63)

Waiting for Abu Dhabi Golfer to weigh in on this....
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterViz
When you're honoring golf administrators . ...you're doing it wrong.
Even Cooperstown segregates non-players.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
All hail the LPGA HoF.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark B
What a pathetic indulgence this HOF is. If you took a piss behind a tree on a course where they once played a major, you're eligible for induction. That blowhard Monty will, however, be hilarious as he puffs his chest out and explains how great he's been at his induction speech. Must see TV
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAK47
Except that Lorena Ochoa is ineligible for that HoF. And it lacks Laura Davies. Other than that...
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
While comparing golfers across era's is a lot of fun, it's also impossible bc to many things change. To me the HoF should be were you one of the greats of your era. And it's hard to argue that Monty wasn't.

While majors are important, I think we have started to overvalue them. There is more to golf than 4 tournaments a year.

(and while Cooperstown has diff wings for administrators, they still let them in. As does every other sports HoF)
12.18.2012 | Unregistered Commenterelf
What about David Graham?
Who did he upset?
2 majors, numerous worldwide victories.

It is a bit harsh on Monty to keep going on about his lack of majors.
He has won exactly the same as President Bush who is already in there!!!!
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStiggy
soley based on some of the numbskulls currently in the HOF, monty belongs there...

as he points out, his ryder cup performances were his finest hour...

honestly, the World Golf Hall of Fame is joke....if he truly wanted to impress, he would try to make it in the LPGA HOF...
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterUmp
@KLG point taken. I just get the feeling that the WGHOF is like a made-for-TV entity. As in: they gotta have inductees every year, otherwise no TV show.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark B
I started playing tournaments in 1974 so saw Schofield's efforts first hand-he deserves every bit of praise he gets.Ok he was lucky to have Seve but he did a brilliant job.
HOF as a player without winning a major?I'm a huge fan of Monty the player-but I'm not sure about that one.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered Commenterchico
I think it is the rare player that could get HOF without a major, but 8 consecutive Order of Merit wins gets it done. One decent 7 iron on the 18th at Winged Foot, and he's in with a USOpen W. Talk about thin margins.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Note on Monty's order of merits, many of those if Tiger had chosen to play an extra euro tour even or two (and shot 80 both days), Monty wouldn't have won order of merit.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered Commenterelf
Monty won 7 straight Order of Merit titles and 8 overall. He won 31 Euro Tour events and another 8-9 international events. He was involved in 9 Ryder Cups including 8 as a player (5 wins) and one Captaincy (winner), and amassed the greatest Ryder Cup record ever (unlikely to ever be surpassed). He also finished runner-up in 6 majors including 4 US Open, 1 PGA, and 1 Open Championship. Additionally, he played on 29 other international professional teams of various sorts! Monty was selected to the Walker Cup team twice.

That's a HOF resume in my book.

Here's a question, how does Monty's resume compare with Fred Couples. Twice as good? About the same? Worse?
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Elf, Monty won his first 7 Order of Merits from 1993 to 1999.
Tiger only won the PGA money list in 1997 and 1999.

So at least 5 of Monty's Oder of Merits are safe.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStiggy
Wonder why no LPGA commissioners have been inducted? Who would be most deserving? Volpe helped during Lopez era, Meechem was a stabilizer but no one stands out. Will David Fay and Awtrey or Steranka from PGA/A get consideration? Can't think of any other deserving administrators unless they want to go back a ways from someone like Gerald Micklem of R&A.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMedia maven
chico ... after the disgraceful way he spoke to a crossing marshal at a previous St. Andrews Open Championship, seems to me the Hall of Infamy would be more appropriate. He wouldn't be alone though because, after Jakartagate, I'd put Monty right beside him!
C and C. Schofield?I'm really surprised.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered Commenterchico
@elf and Stiggy: ´99 and ´05 are the only ones that Tiger would have taken from Monty if he were a Euro Tour member. Six straight in the Faldo/Langer/Woosnam era is awesome enough, and add to that an unbeaten record in eight Ryder Cup singles - is that not HOF worthy? You're absolutely kidding.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
This is just a ruse to justify the Fred Couples induction.

I don't have time to reproduce my "Real Golf Hall of Fame" roster, but unshockingly, Montgomerie is not on it.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
Found it from a previous blog post: (and I don't have time to debate the Billy Casper omission today)

THE REAL GOLF HALL OF FAME

Allan Robertson
Old Tom Morris
Young Tom Morris
JH Taylor
Harry Vardon
James Braid
Walter Hagen
Bobby Jones
Gene Sarazen
Byron Nelson
Ben Hogan
Sam Snead
Bobby Locke
Peter Thompson
Arnold Palmer
Gary Player
Jack Nicklaus
Lee Trevino
Seve Ballasteros
Tom Watson
Nick Faldo
Phil Mickelson - Active
Ernie Els - Active
Tiger Woods - Active
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
CURRENT MOUNT RUSHMORE OF GOLF:

Tiger Woods
Jack Nicklaus
Bobby Jones
Old Tom Morris
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
AND, CURRENT GREATEST OF ALL TIME:

Jack Nicklaus
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
Abu Dhabi Golfer, your "real golf hall of fame" has no credibility without President Bush in it.
A shocking omission!!!!!
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStiggy
So Monty joins Chi Chi as players in HoF with no majors. Are there any others? Certainly not in modern era. The bar was lowered when they started taking in guys with one (Kite, Wadkins, with admittedly strong/long careers in back of their solo Grand Slams). Are there any other majorless guys from history worth considering? Is Harry Cooper in? What two-time winners have been short-shrifted? Dave Stockton sticks out...I don't see a big case being made for Andy North or Lee Janzen. Graham is worth considering. Laura Davies will get in one day after she retires if she ever does. who's the next writer/broadcaster? I'd like to see Dave Marr in there; certainly a HoF person.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMedia maven
Well chico, if it wasn't him, it was his double!
Monty inarguably has the greatest golf resume that does not include a major. The only way a person argues against Monty is because they don't like him, which is a weak argument in my book.
The HOF should be a VERY exclusive club.
It has not been so for some time.
When will they realize that they don't have to induct that many each year?
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
The golf hall of fame is becoming a joke. There are some years that there shouldnt be any new inductees, and thats okay. This is an embarrasment to the true hall of famers.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGreg
Here is the hierarchical class system for the ranking of golfers and their level of acheivement:

1 The Nicklaus Class: a golfer who currently holds the most majors (professional majors after 1934).
2 The Hagen Class: golfers who hold double-digit majors - so Woods and Jones would be in this Class.
3 The Hogan Class: numerous majors and was recognized as the best golfer for a sustainable period of time - ie The triumvirate
4 The Old Tom Morris Class: four or five majors and was recognizable to people who don't follow golf or sports necessarily - ie Faldo
5 The Bobby Locke Class: multiple majors, but only really known to those who follow golf - THE MINIMUM for the REAL HOF
6 The Casper Class: multiple majors but minimal impact on the history of the game - ie Padraig Harrington
7 The Kite Class: a sustained very good player with a bunch of PGA Tour wins who managed to snag one major - ie Couples
8 The Chi Chi Class: a bunch of PGA Tour wins, somewhat recognizable, but no majors - ie P Jacobsen
9 The Orville Moody Class: One major but not much else - ie North, Janzen, Micheel
10 The Jumbo Ozaki Class: No wins on American soil, no PGA Tour wins, some significant international acheivements - ie Montgomerie
11 The Faxon Class: a few wins but never threatened in a major - ie Luke Donald (although Donald would be ranked about Faxon)
12 Journeyman Winner Class: one PGA Tour win or a couple of Euro wins over a couple of decades
13 The Briny Baird Class: a career that spans a couple of decades with no victories
14 2nd Tier tour winner class: a victory on the Buy.com, Asian, Australasian, or Japan Tours
15 2nd Tier tour non-winner class

So, with the induction of Montgomerie, they are now allowing someone from level 10 into the Bogus World Golf HOF. Ridiculous.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
Here is the hierarchical class system for the ranking of golfers and their level of acheivement:

1 The Nicklaus Class: a golfer who currently holds the most majors (professional majors after 1934).
2 The Hagen Class: golfers who hold double-digit majors - so Woods and Jones would be in this Class.
3 The Hogan Class: numerous majors and was recognized as the best golfer for a sustainable period of time - ie The triumvirate
4 The Old Tom Morris Class: four or five majors and was recognizable to people who don't follow golf or sports necessarily - ie Faldo
5 The Bobby Locke Class: multiple majors, but only really known to those who follow golf - THE MINIMUM for the REAL HOF
6 The Casper Class: multiple majors but minimal impact on the history of the game - ie Padraig Harrington
7 The Kite Class: a sustained very good player with a bunch of PGA Tour wins who managed to snag one major - ie Couples
8 The Chi Chi Class: a bunch of PGA Tour wins, somewhat recognizable, but no majors - ie P Jacobsen
9 The Orville Moody Class: One major but not much else - ie North, Janzen, Micheel
10 The Jumbo Ozaki Class: No wins on American soil, no PGA Tour wins, some significant international acheivements - ie Montgomerie
11 The Faxon Class: a few wins but never threatened in a major - ie Luke Donald (although Donald would be ranked about Faxon)
12 Journeyman Winner Class: one PGA Tour win or a couple of Euro wins over a couple of decades
13 The Briny Baird Class: a career that spans a couple of decades with no victories
14 2nd Tier tour winner class: a victory on the Buy.com, Asian, Australasian, or Japan Tours
15 2nd Tier tour non-winner class

So, with the induction of Montgomerie, they are now allowing someone from level 10 into the Bogus World Golf HOF. Ridiculous.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
Here is the hierarchical class system for the ranking of golfers and their level of acheivement:

1 The Nicklaus Class: a golfer who currently holds the most majors (professional majors after 1934).
2 The Hagen Class: golfers who hold double-digit majors - so Woods and Jones would be in this Class.
3 The Hogan Class: numerous majors and was recognized as the best golfer for a sustainable period of time - ie The triumvirate
4 The Old Tom Morris Class: four or five majors and was recognizable to people who don't follow golf or sports necessarily - ie Faldo
5 The Bobby Locke Class: multiple majors, but only really known to those who follow golf - THE MINIMUM for the REAL HOF
6 The Casper Class: multiple majors but minimal impact on the history of the game - ie Padraig Harrington
7 The Kite Class: a sustained very good player with a bunch of PGA Tour wins who managed to snag one major - ie Couples
8 The Chi Chi Class: a bunch of PGA Tour wins, somewhat recognizable, but no majors - ie P Jacobsen
9 The Orville Moody Class: One major but not much else - ie North, Janzen, Micheel
10 The Jumbo Ozaki Class: No wins on American soil, no PGA Tour wins, some significant international acheivements - ie Montgomerie
11 The Faxon Class: a few wins but never threatened in a major - ie Luke Donald (although Donald would be ranked about Faxon)
12 Journeyman Winner Class: one PGA Tour win or a couple of Euro wins over a couple of decades
13 The Briny Baird Class: a career that spans a couple of decades with no victories
14 2nd Tier tour winner class: a victory on the Buy.com, Asian, Australasian, or Japan Tours
15 2nd Tier tour non-winner class

So, with the induction of Montgomerie, they are now allowing someone from level 10 into the Bogus World Golf HOF. Ridiculous.
ADG, I'm not often on the same page as you but that's some good stuff...

...I especially like the Mount Rushmore designation, classic!

Kudos.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Here is the hierarchical class system for the ranking of golfers and their level of acheivement:

1 The Nicklaus Class: a golfer who currently holds the most majors (professional majors after 1934).
2 The Hagen Class: golfers who hold double-digit majors - so Woods and Jones would be in this Class.
3 The Hogan Class: numerous majors and was recognized as the best golfer for a sustainable period of time - ie The triumvirate
4 The Old Tom Morris Class: four or five majors and was recognizable to people who don't follow golf or sports necessarily - ie Faldo
5 The Bobby Locke Class: multiple majors, but only really known to those who follow golf - THE MINIMUM for the REAL HOF
6 The Casper Class: multiple majors but minimal impact on the history of the game - ie Padraig Harrington
7 The Kite Class: a sustained very good player with a bunch of PGA Tour wins who managed to snag one major - ie Couples
8 The Chi Chi Class: a bunch of PGA Tour wins, somewhat recognizable, but no majors - ie P Jacobsen
9 The Orville Moody Class: One major but not much else - ie North, Janzen, Micheel
10 The Jumbo Ozaki Class: No wins on American soil, no PGA Tour wins, some significant international acheivements - ie Montgomerie
11 The Faxon Class: a few wins but never threatened in a major - ie Luke Donald (although Donald would be ranked about Faxon)
12 Journeyman Winner Class: one PGA Tour win or a couple of Euro wins over a couple of decades
13 The Briny Baird Class: a career that spans a couple of decades with no victories
14 2nd Tier tour winner class: a victory on the Buy.com, Asian, Australasian, or Japan Tours
15 2nd Tier tour non-winner class

So, with the induction of Montgomerie, they are now allowing someone from level 10 into the Bogus World Golf HOF. Ridiculous.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
1 The Nicklaus Class: a golfer who currently holds the most majors (professional majors after 1934).
2 The Hagen Class: golfers who hold double-digit majors - so Woods and Jones would be in this Class.
3 The Hogan Class: numerous majors and was recognized as the best golfer for a sustainable period of time - ie The triumvirate
4 The Old Tom Morris Class: four or five majors and was recognizable to people who don't follow golf or sports necessarily - ie Faldo
5 The Bobby Locke Class: multiple majors, but only really known to those who follow golf - THE MINIMUM for the REAL HOF
6 The Casper Class: multiple majors but minimal impact on the history of the game - ie Padraig Harrington
7 The Kite Class: a sustained very good player with a bunch of PGA Tour wins who managed to snag one major - ie Couples
8 The Chi Chi Class: a bunch of PGA Tour wins, somewhat recognizable, but no majors - ie P Jacobsen
9 The Orville Moody Class: One major but not much else - ie North, Janzen, Micheel
10 The Jumbo Ozaki Class: No wins on American soil, no PGA Tour wins, some significant international achievements - ie Montgomerie
11 The Faxon Class: a few wins but never threatened in a major - ie Luke Donald (although Donald would be ranked above Faxon)
12 Journeyman Winner Class: one PGA Tour win or a couple of Euro wins over a couple of decades
13 The Briny Baird Class: a career that spans a couple of decades with no victories
14 2nd Tier tour winner class: a victory on the Buy.com, Asian, Australasian, or Japan Tours
15 2nd Tier tour non-winner class


Now we are inducting people as low as level 10? Ridiculous. In 100 years, there will be an ocean of about 600 names in the World Golf HOF.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
Abu Dhabi makes quite the exclusive list. I'm surprised he left Vijay Singh out.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKRoper
@KRoper - Vijay would be in the Billy Casper category - multiple majors but never the best player for a sustained period.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
1 The Nicklaus Class: a golfer who currently holds the most majors (professional majors after 1934).
2 The Hagen Class: golfers who hold double-digit majors - so Woods and Jones would be in this Class.
3 The Hogan Class: numerous majors and was recognized as the best golfer for a sustainable period of time - ie The triumvirate
4 The Old Tom Morris Class: four or five majors and was recognizable to people who don't follow golf or sports necessarily - ie Faldo
5 The Bobby Locke Class: multiple majors, but only really known to those who follow golf - THE MINIMUM for the REAL HOF
6 The Casper Class: multiple majors but minimal impact on the history of the game - ie Padraig Harrington
7 The Kite Class: a sustained very good player with a bunch of PGA Tour wins who managed to snag one major - ie Couples
8 The Chi Chi Class: a bunch of PGA Tour wins, somewhat recognizable, but no majors - ie P Jacobsen
9 The Orville Moody Class: One major but not much else - ie North, Janzen, Micheel
10 The Jumbo Ozaki Class: No wins on American soil, no PGA Tour wins, some significant international achievements - ie Montgomerie
11 The Faxon Class: a few wins but never threatened in a major - ie Luke Donald (although Donald would be ranked above Faxon)
12 Journeyman Winner Class: one PGA Tour win or a couple of Euro wins over a couple of decades
13 The Briny Baird Class: a career that spans a couple of decades with no victories
14 2nd Tier tour winner class: a victory on the Buy.com, Asian, Australasian, or Japan Tours
15 2nd Tier tour non-winner class
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
Here is the hierarchical class system for the ranking of golfers and their level of achievement:

1 The Nicklaus Class
2 The Hagen Class- Woods and Jones would be in this Class.
3 The Hogan Class - Nelson, Snead
4 The Old Tom Morris Class - Faldo, Trevino, Watson
5 The Bobby Locke Class - The minumum for the Real HoF
6 The Casper Class - Singh
7 The Kite Class - Couples
8 The Chi Chi Class - P Jacobsen
9 The Orville Moody Class:North, Janzen, Micheel
10 The Jumbo Ozaki Class: Lots of wins but non in the US - Montgomerie
11 The Faxon Class - a few wins but never threatened in a major
12 PGA Tour Journeyman Winner Class
13 The Briny Baird Class
14 2nd Tier tour winner class
15 2nd Tier tour non-winner class
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
If Sandy Lyle is in the Hall of Fame, Monti has the same right to be there. Apart from his two Majors Lyle had no Major-Top 5, Monti has 6 and 31 European Tour wins compared to Lyles 18.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
There are 7 golfers in the Hall of Fame with no majors: 3 primarily PGA Tour golfers, Harry Cooper (31 PGA wins, Vardon Trophy), Chi Chi Rodriquez (8 PGA, 22 Senior wins), and Charlie Sifford (helped desegregate PGA) ; 2 with most wins on Japanese Tour, Jumbo Ozaki and Isao Aoki, 2 older European golfers, Christy O'Conner (10 Ryder Cups, 30+ wins in Europe in 50s-60s) and Peter Alliss (mainly for later TV work). A handful of amateurs don't have a major, but all have multiple US or British Amateur wins.

There are 10 hall of famer with 1 major win. On the PGA side (in order of number of PGA wins) Lloyd Mangrum, Gene Littler, Lanny Wakins, Tom Kite, Fred Couples, Tommy Bolt, Ken Venturi; On the international side: Robert De Vicenzo, Bob Charles, and Kel Nagel. (his list does not include others who were elected primarily for non playing reasons (architect, administrator, writers, etc.).

Oh and 2 professional women's golfers in the hall of fame have 0 majors: Judy Rankin and Ayako Okamoto and there are 2 with 1 major: Beth Daniel and Marlene Hagge
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGolf Stat geek

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