Golf Hall to review selection process

Updated: October 8, 2013, 11:34 AM ET
Associated Press

The World Golf Hall of Fame is taking a year off from inducting anyone to review its selection process.

One of the longtime sticking points of the Hall of Fame is inducting players still in the prime of their careers. Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson each won major championships after they were inducted. Vijay Singh won the FedEx Cup two years after his induction.

Currently, male players are eligible for the ballot when they turn 40. The LPGA Tour has its own criteria based on points. Se Ri Pak was inducted at age 30.

The Hall of Fame said the "strategic review" has been going on since the 2013 induction ceremony during The Players Championship in May. Because the election (PGA Tour, International ballots) and selection (Veteran's Category, Lifetime Achievement) takes several months and involves other golf organizations, the Hall of Fame has chosen to skip the 2014 induction ceremony.

The next ceremony is planned for May 4, 2015, on the Monday of The Players Championship.

The Hall of Fame said its review was expected to be completed early next year.

Tiger Woods is eligible to be on the ballot at the end of the 2015 season. If the age limit is pushed back to 50, he would not be eligible until 2025.


Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press

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