TIGER Woods will enter the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2021, it was announced on Thursday.
The Flordida-based golf heritage attraction will enshrine Woods – the 82-time PGA Tour winner – as part of its Class of 2021.
Woods received the news of his impending induction in the Male Competitor category via phone from PGA Tour Commissioner and World Golf Foundation board chairman Jay Monahan.
“I am both honoured and humbled to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame,” said Woods, who sensationally won the 2019 Masters to make it 14 more Majors since his first win at Augusta in 1997.
“This past year has been such an incredible journey and the support I’ve received from my family, friends and fans has been overwhelming.
“This achievement is the ultimate recognition to never give up and keep chasing,” said 44-year-old Woods.
A winner of 93 worldwide events including a record-tying 82 on the PGA TOUR, Woods is a three-time winner of the career Grand Slam.
Woods completed the “Tiger Slam” in 2000-01 when he became the first golfer since Bobby Jones to hold all four major championship titles at the same time.
Monahan said: “Tiger has done more for the game of golf than anyone ever thought possible, and his historic feats on the course are only one aspect of his impact.
“His imprint on the game is immeasurable, and his unparalleled legacy is one we look forward to celebrating as he’s inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame next year.”
Woods’ incredible career recognised by World Golf Hall of Fame
A TWO-time champion of The Players and the first two-time winner of the FedExCup, Tiger Woods has competed on eight Ryder Cup and nine Presidents Cup teams.
The latter includes when he served as a playing captain of the victorious US Presidents Cup Team in 2019.
He is an 11-time PGA Tour Player of the Year winner and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2019 following his fifth career victory at The Masters.
Greg McLaughlin, chief executive of the World Golf Foundation said: “The World Golf Hall of Fame is honoured to recognise the incredible career of Tiger Woods.
“His impact on the game of golf and everyone associated with it will have a lasting effect on generations to come.”
The Class of 2021 is elected by the Hall of Fame’s selection committee, which discussed the merits of 10 finalists.
The selection committee is a 20-member panel co-chaired by Hall of Fame members Beth Daniel, Nick Price, Annika Sorenstam and Curtis Strange, and includes media representatives and leaders of the major golf organisations.
The finalists were nominated by the Hall of Fame’s nominating committee, which vetted every candidate that met the qualifications of the Hall of Fame’s three induction categories.
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