The World Golf Hall of Fame will delay the induction of Woods and 3 others until 2022, citing COVID-19 concerns
Tiger Woods will have to wait another year for golf immortality, not that he hasn’t already achieved it on the course.
The World Golf Hall of Fame has postponed its 2021 induction ceremony until 2022, the St. Augustine, Fla.-based shrine announced late Monday.
The news means that Woods, Susie Maxwell Berning, Tim Finchem and the late Marion Hollins will not take their places among the game’s all-time greats for another year.
“Given the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, moving the ceremony back a year will give us a better opportunity to properly recognize and honor this important class,” said Greg McLaughlin, chief executive officer of the World Golf Foundation.
Woods, who will turn 45 this month, needs no induction ceremony to cement his place in the game. He has won 82 PGA Tour titles to share the all-time mark with the late Sam Snead, and Woods’ 15 major championships ranks second only to Jack Nicklaus’ 18.
Finchem, who was the PGA Tour’s commissioner from 1994 to 2016, oversaw a meteoric rise in prize money that coincided with Woods’ arrival on the professional scene.
Maxwell Berning won 11 times on the LPGA, including four major titles, while balancing family life as a mother.
Hollins, an early-20th-century pioneer as a female course developer, won the 1921 U.S. Women’s Amateur and captained the first U.S. Curtis Cup team, in 1932. She played a key role in developing California’s Monterey Peninsula into a golf destination.
The 2022 ceremony will be held at the PGA Tour’s headquarters at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., during the Players Championship week.
The hall switched from annual to biennial inductions in 2015. In January, the minimum age was lowered from 50 to 45, giving Woods a shot at the Class of 2021.
After play resumed on the PGA Tour following a three-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year, Woods played in seven tournaments but contended in none: six made cuts, with no finish higher than T-37. He has slipped to No. 38 in the world ranking.
He is expected to compete with his 11-year-old son, Charlie, this month in the PNC Championship and not make his return to the PGA Tour until the West Coast Swing, perhaps in late January at Torrey Pines in his native southern California, a course where he has won eight times as a pro.
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