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GolfWRX members debate: What should the World Golf Hall of Fame criteria be?

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There have been a couple of controversial inclusions on the World Golf Hall of Fame. This isn’t to rehash, say, Fred Couples earning a spot, but rather, take a look at entry criteria.

More specifically, GolfWRX member playar32 writes

“I know the actual criteria is 15 tour wins, or 2 majors/Players championship. But what’s YOUR minimum?…For example, if a player won a “B” tournament every year (the one opposite a WGC event), every year in a row for 15 years, but missed the cut in every other event, would you still considered them HOF?”

It’s an interesting point. Specifically, the World Golf Hall of Fame criteria for an active male golfer is as follows.

“A player must have a cumulative total of 15 or more official victories on any of the original members of the International Federation of PGA Tours (PGA TOUR, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Sunshine Tour, Asian Tour and PGA of Australasia) OR at least two victories among the following events: The Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship.”

Further, a player must be at least 50 or five years removed from competition.

Here are some other WRX members’ takes.

Bladehunter says

“15 tour wins and 2 majors for me. Otherwise almost every 1 major winner out there is in.”

McCann1 says

“If we won’t remember your name without the HOF in 50 years I think you shouldn’t be in.”

Fowlerscousin says

“If any of these three criteria are met: 3 or more majors. Minimum 5 Ryder cup appearances. 15 tour victories.”

Hawkeye77 says

“Whatever the criteria are, don’t ever think about it unless someone whose speech I want to hear gets in.’

Golfer929 has more stringent standards

“20 Wins. 3 Majors. 2 Ryder Cup/President Cup appearances. 100 total weeks inside Top 50 OWGR.”

Golfgirlrobin says

“I’d like to see them go to some sort of point system like the LPGA uses. Factor in everything that’s important and let the chips fall where they may.”

You’ll want to check out the rest of what GolfWRX members have to say in the thread.

There are a ton off questions to consider when thinking about which current/recent players should make the HoF.

A few…

1. Should the standards be on par with other sports? If so, what does that look like?
2. If the WGHOF should be more/less stringent, why?
3. How important are major victories? Why two and not three?
4. Why 15 wins and not 10? Or 20?

All important questions, and ones which the golf fans of the world should be able to weigh in on, rather than merely a selection committee of 16 people.

Let us know what you think, GolfWRX members!

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  1. Mike C

    May 18, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    What do you guys think about David Duval getting into the HOF? 13 wins, 1 major, 1 players, world #1 during Tigers prime, shot perhaps the best of the 59’s prior to the distance evolution with a wound ball and an eagle on the last hole to win. He was a bright star that burned out too quickly but I can’t think of anyone who made the game look easier than DD. I vote yes.

    • Mike

      May 20, 2018 at 9:28 am

      great player but for too short a time for me to consider as HOF material

  2. Jamie

    May 18, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Under current rules, Tom Weiskopf and Fred Couples are not eligible. Something’s not right about this.

    • Jamie

      May 18, 2018 at 7:12 pm

      PS. I thought the rule is Wins AND Majors, not OR. Maybe I’m wrong.

      • Edward Brumby

        May 21, 2018 at 6:34 am

        Couples has 17 wins (15 PGA, two distinct European), a major, and two Players. So even if combined he easily gets in.

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The DailyWRX: 7/3/2020

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Have a happy 4th of July everyone!!

This guy never ceases to amaze….

7 3’s never hurt…

I’ve played this hole…

Driver, 3 wood, LW……it was downwind though.

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Phil’s version was more better, but this satisfies.

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I feel you, brother…

Doing it now actually.

This does seem a bit off…

I mean…doesnt winning kind of move you up?

DM @johnny_wunder

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GolfWRX Classifieds (07/03/20): Lefty Edition: Titleist U500, TaylorMade TP putter, Epon irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple…even lefty gear 😉

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member Westcoastlefty – Custom Epon 302 Irons

These are big-time: aftermarket all-black s300 105s, BB and F co. ferrules (iykyk), and NEW Golf Pride MCC align plus 4 grips. If you’re a lefty this is a dream set.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Epon 302s

Member matt70286 – Titleist U500 utility

This is quite possibly the fastest utility iron on the market, and lucky for the left-handers—if you swing from the right side you can own yourself one of these. Comes with a CK White, and for the rest of the details, check out the listing.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: U500 Utility

Member Camp007 – Left handed TaylorMade TP Putter

When it comes to underrated putters, TaylorMade could be the king. They have arguably introduced more technology into putters over the last decade than any other manufacturer, but seemingly fly under the radar. This is not an “under the radar putter” and considering the price, it’s a steal!

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Lefty TM Soto

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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Jim (Bones) Mackay is back! – will caddie at the Workday Charity Open and Memorial Tournament

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Now working as an on-course analyst, Jim (Bones) Mackay will return to caddying duties next week as a fill-in for Matthew Fitzpatrick.

Golf Digest’s Daniel Rapaport reported the news, with the caddie set to team up with the Englishman for next week’s Workday Charity Open and Memorial Tournament, two events which take place at Muirfield Village.

Per the report, Fitzpatrick’s full-time caddie, Billy Foster, has remained in Europe  during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and the 25-year-old used Cayce Kerr as his temporary caddie for the opening three events of the tour’s restart.

Bones was on the bag of Phil Mickelson for over 25 years and after their mutual split in 2017 has been working as an on-course analyst for NBC/Golf Channel. He has, however, worked as a fill-in caddie before, carrying Justin Thomas’ clubs at the 2018 Sony Open.

After the Memorial Tournament, Fitzpatrick and Foster will resume their partnership at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational later this month.

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