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Tiger Woods wins unanimous election to hall

World Golf Hall of Fame announces Woods as landslide 1st member of 2021 class, which has yet to be completed

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Tiger Woods returns to the PGA Tour this week as defending champion at the Zozo Championship, which has relocated from Japan to Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., where Woods has enjoyed plenty of success over the years.

Announced: You probably saw this one coming: Tiger Woods was a unanimous selection to the World Golf Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021, the hall announced Wednesday. Woods, who will turn 45 at the end of this year and thus be eligible for enshrinement under the hall’s new age guidelines, was as certain of a pick as Babe Ruth was for baseball’s initial class in 1936. Woods has won 82 times on the PGA Tour, including 15 major championships, ranking second all-time in both categories. He dominated his era more thoroughly than perhaps any other golfer in history. In 2000-01, he completed what was known as the “Tiger Slam,” holding titles to all four major championships at the same time. Woods stood No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for a record total of 683 weeks. In recent years, he has undergone four back surgeries, including spinal fusion in 2017. He completed one of the game’s greatest comebacks by winning the 2019 Masters. “I am both honored and humbled to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame,” Woods said in a statement released by the hall. “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.” Woods is not entered in this week’s Players Championship, which he has won twice. The rest of the hall’s 2021 class was not disclosed.

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