The World Golf Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday that Retief Goosen, Peggy Kirk Bell, Billy Payne, Dennis Walters and Jan Stephenson are to be inducted into golf’s hall of fame next June. The five newest members received at least 75 percent of the vote from the selection’s committee, which includes legends of the game Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam.
Retief Goosen, who was selected from the male competitor category, twice won the U.S. Open amongst 36 worldwide victories. The South African reflected on the honor, stating: “It was a little bit of a shock. You forget maybe what you’ve done over the game through the years, and I’m glad that what I’ve done for the game has gotten me into this position.”
Jan Stephenson triumphed in the female competitor category. The Australian won the LPGA Championship, U.S. Women’s Open and du Maurier Classic amongst her 16 LPGA Tour victories, and has expressed her overriding joy at the achievement: “I haven’t slept at all. Every time I woke up I was like, Why am I so happy? And it’s because I’m in the Hall of Fame! It’s so amazing.”
Peggy Kirk Bell was amongst three that emerged from the lifetime achievement category. Bell who passed away in 2016, was a major champion, and a leading figurehead of the women’s game. The American went onto become one of golfs top instructors and was the first woman selected into Golf Magazine’s World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame.
Billy Payne, who was chairman of Augusta National from 2006 to 2017 is also to be inducted from the lifetime achievement category. Payne was the orchestrator behind admitting Augusta National’s first female members as well as establishing the successful Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. The 70-year-old was also a key figure behind golfs return to the Olympic Games in 2016.
Completing the inductees into golfs hall of fame for 2019 is Dennis Walters, who despite becoming paralyzed from the waist down at the age of 24 after an accident on a golf cart, went on to inspire many throughout the golfing world for both his amazing trick shot skills and his ability to overcome his tragic accident. Walters was until now the only USGA Bob Jones Award and PGA Lifetime Achievement Award winner not already in the Hall of Fame, and he spoke about the elation he felt when he heard the news: “I’ve had my speech researched for not getting in – the odds were so low. I didn’t think of anything to say if I’ve actually gotten in. This is the top of the mountain here. I’m still in a state of shock and disbelief, but I’m just really happy.”
The addition of the five new inductees brings the total number of members in the World Golf Hall of Fame to 160. The five inductees will be honored at Pebble Beach on Monday, the 10th of June 2019, which is the week of the 2019 U.S. Open.
GolfWRX Morning 9: Stats of the year | Tiger Woods is rich…but David Copperfield is richer
By Ben Alberstadt (email@example.com)
December 19, 2018
Good Wednesday morning, golf fans.
1. The stats the shaped golf in 2018
Golf Channel’s Justin Ray looks at 2018 through the lens of key stats.
2. A Tiger on the rich list
ESPN report on TW’s position on the just-relased Forbes list of richest celebrities…”Tiger Woods ranked in a tie with author James Patterson for ninth at $800 million, which positions himself in the years ahead to have a go at adding “billionaire” to descriptions of him.”
3. Cheers, Kyle Thompson, others
AP Report on a trip Kyle Thompson and other pros took to visit the tropps.
4. Jason Day ready to make another No. 1 push
AP column…”There has to be some kind of sacrifice,” Day said in the Bahamas before shutting it down for the year. “I was reading the Kobe Bryant book, and he knew there was something he had to sacrifice, so he sacrificed sleep. Because he couldn’t sacrifice family, he couldn’t sacrifice competing, and not working.”
5. Emerald Isle, Pt 3
A bit of our Gianni Magliocco’s latest exploration of Ireland.
6. Nicklaus, Norman & more on driving
At last week’s PNC Father/Son, Andrew Tursky talked to Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, and others about driving the golf ball’
“Q: In your opinion, you can include yourself, who are the top 3 greatest drivers of the golf ball of all time?”
7. Ain’t what they used to be!
Geoff Shackelford referencing the Powers article that leads this newsletter.
8. Wearing golf clothes off the golf course. Yay or nay?
A few of the gents from National Club Golfer discuss the wearing of golf clothes off the course.
9. FCC complaints alive and well!
Geoff Shackelford hat tipping Josh Berhow…”Nice work by Golf.com’s Josh Berhow to obtain the uptick in FCC complaints over 2018 on-course obscenities. Instagram subscribers to Bob Menery, these are not.”
Fiddlesticks! Full piece.
Tiger Woods among the top-10 richest American celebrities for 2018
After a successful comeback year on the PGA Tour, Tiger Woods is back amongst the wealthiest celebrities in the U.S, coming in T9 in a list published by Forbes on Tuesday.
According to the list, Woods’ current net worth is estimated at around $800 million. That figure has risen $50 million since the beginning of 2018, with the majority of his earnings coming from his sponsorship deals.
Woods earned $5,443,841 on the PGA Tour in 2018, in a year where he recorded seven top-10 finishes, one of which resulted in his 80th PGA Tour title at the Tour Championship in September. The majority of his earnings came from his main sponsorship deals, which includes the likes of Nike Golf, TaylorMade, and Monster Energy. While Woods also took in additional income from his course design fees.
Michael Jordan is the only other sports celebrity to make the rich list. Jordan has an estimated net worth of $1.7 billion, which places him fourth on the list. Jordan’s jump up the list is reportedly due to the rising value of the Charlotte Hornets, which Jordan has a large stake in, as well as the former NBA stars popular Air Jordan shoes.
According to Forbes, the value of each celebrity is estimated by using the net worth earnings previously published for the Forbes 400, Billionaires list and ranking of America’s Richest Self-Made Women.
Here is a look at the Top 10 in full:
- 1. George Lucas, $5.4 billion
- 2. Steven Spielberg, $3.7 billion
- 3. Oprah Winfrey, $2.8 billion
- 4. Michael Jordan, $1.7 billion
- 5. (tie) Kylie Jenner, $900 million
- 5. (tie) Jay-Z $900 million
- 7. David Copperfield, $875 million
- 8. Diddy, $825 million
- 9. (tie) Tiger Woods, $800 million
- 9. (tie) James Patterson, $800 million
Rory McIlroy ready to commit to European Tour after crisis talks with Keith Pelley
Last month, news emerged that Rory McIlroy was set to give up his European Tour card, but it now looks as if the Irishman has had a change of heart.
European Tour boss, Keith Pelley, is said to have flown to Belfast for crisis talks with the four-time major winner, and McIlroy is now ready to commit to an additional two European Tour events in 2019 to secure his card.
The 29-year-old had not been set to feature on the European Tour in 2019 until July, but there is now an excellent chance that McIlroy will compete in an event in the middle east in January, and it also opens up the possibility for him to feature at the Irish Open in July.
McIlroy had previously come under fire from some quarters, including Paul McGinley who is on the European Tour board, for what they felt was disloyalty to the European Tour. The four-time major champ’s remark that “Next year, I am looking out for me” did little to improve relations, but it appears as if McIlroy, as he has done in the past, has backed down from his original headstrong position.
In 2016, the 29-year-old was backed into a corner over who he would choose to represent at the Olympic Games. McIlroy eventually declared for Ireland, but later withdrew from the games, and then took a swipe at those who were disappointed with the move, claiming, “it’s not my responsibility to grow the game.”
It appears that this latest U-turn from McIlroy continues the trend of the 29-year-old opting to temper his original views or intentions in the face of pressure.
GolfWRXers, do you feel McIlroy should be more mindful in his pressers or do you find his honesty refreshing?
Let us know what you think!
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