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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Golf News, Source, St. Augustine, FL (Sports Network) - Three-time major champion Vijay Singh was one of five people inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Monday.

Singh was inducted alongside Larry Nelson, Marilynn Smith and the late Mark McCormack and Henry Picard.

Singh, who has won 29 times on the PGA Tour, had a great run of nine wins in the 2004 season, helping him overtake Tiger Woods for the No. 1 spot in the world rankings

That season, Singh also became the first player to earn more than $10 million in single year and claimed PGA Tour Player of the Year honors. Along with his 29 PGA Tour wins, Singh owns 22 international titles and has competed in five Presidents Cup matches.

Like Singh, Nelson was elected on the PGA Tour ballot and was a three-time major champion. Nelson won two PGA Championships and the 1983 U.S. Open.

Nelson collected 10 PGA Tour wins and has since won 19 times on the Champions Tour. He played in three Ryder Cups, racking up an impressive 9-3-1 record.

Smith and McCormack were both selected in the Lifetime Achievement category. Smith was one of the 13 founders of the LPGA in 1950 and later served as the tour's President from 1958-60.

During her tenure as President, Smith was a co-founder of the teaching division, which is now known as LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals. On the course, Smith earned 21 official victories, including wins at the 1963 and 1964 Titleholders Championship -- at the time, a major tournament.

McCormack, who passed away in May 2003, is well known for his 1960 handshake with fellow World Golf Hall-of-Famer Arnold Palmer, which led to the creation of the sports marketing industry.

That was the beginning for McCormack, but not nearly the end. The original industry evolved into IMG, which is the premier sports, entertainment and media company in the world.

McCormack expanded IMG to include a media division, TWI, and an events division that helps stage golf events worldwide. IMG represents many of the top athletes in the world, including current world No. 1 Tiger Woods. McCormack has also been credited with creating the Official World Golf Rankings system.

Picard collected 26 PGA Tour wins during his career, including two major crowns. He was selected in the Veteran's category.

Of those 26 tour wins, 20 came between 1935 and 1939. The final year of that span, 1939, he won six times. Picard, who died in April 1997, was credited with encouraging a young Sam Snead to join the professional tour and for supporting Ben Hogan, who was an aspiring pro at the time

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Golf News, Source, Karrie Webb's grand prize for winning a junior event as a teenager was getting to spend a week with Australian icon Greg Norman. On Monday night, she joined him in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Webb, who captured the career Grand Slam quicker than any other player and is the only woman to win all five of the LPGA Tour majors, became the youngest member of the Hall of Fame when she was inducted with four others.

"It's hard to believe I'm here tonight," the 30-year-old Aussie said. "I still feel like a little girl with big dreams from a small town in Ayr."

In a ceremony that highlighted women, she was joined in the Hall of Fame by Ayako Okamoto of Japan. Inducted posthumously were Willie Park Sr., the first British Open champion; writer Bernard Darwin; and golf course architect Alister MacKenzie, whose designs include Augusta National, Cypress Point and Royal Melbourne.

The induction brings membership in the Hall of Fame to 109. Vijay Singh was elected on the PGA Tour ballot, but deferred his induction.

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