The World Golf Hall of Fame lowers the age for induction, from 50 to 45, seemingly putting Woods, who will turn 45 in December, atop the short list for the Class of 2021
Announced: By the World Golf Hall of Fame, that it has reduced the age for induction from 50 to 45, starting with the 2021 class, according to a news release Tuesday. That would make Tiger Woods, who will turn 45 on Dec. 30, eligible for induction. Four years ago, the hall raised the minimum age from 40 to 50, after 40-somethings Ernie Els (Class of 2011) and Phil Mickelson (2012) had been inducted. Woods, who is tied for the PGA Tour’s all-time victory list with the late Sam Snead at 82, owns 15 major championships, trailing only Jack Nicklaus’ 18. Woods would seem to be a lock for induction. Among other changes announced by the hall, which is based at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., the Veterans category was eliminated, and the Lifetime Achievement category has been changed to a Contributor designation. In addition to Woods, other prominent champions who would become eligible next year include Jim Furyk, Padraig Harrington, Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood among the men and Jane Geddes, Sophie Gustafson, Liselotte Neumann and Dottie Pepper among the women.