Ernie Els & Retief Goosen head hall of fame candidates list.
The World Golf Hall of Fame will consider nominees for its Class of 2011 with voting bodies comprised of Hall of Fame members, golf journalists, historians and dignitaries from around the globe.
Ballots are due in July and an announcement for the 2011 Class of Inductees will be made later this year. The annual World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, traditionally held in the fall, will take place in the spring of 2011. A specific date and venue has yet to be announced.
Ernie Els and Retief Goosen are the newest players added to the PGA Tour and International ballots, respectively.
Els’ career includes the 1994 and 1997 U.S. Open championships, the 2002 British Open, 15 additional PGA Tour wins and 44 international victories. He became eligible for the PGA Tour Ballot after his 10th year on Tour in 2004, and met the final qualification for that ballot when he turned 40 late last year. To date, he has competed on six Presidents Cup teams and has twice garnered the European Tour Order of Merit.
Goosen’s achievements include winning the 2001 and 2004 U.S. Open championships, along with an additional 12 European Tour, 10 Sunshine Tour and five PGA Tour titles. To date, he has been selected to five Presidents Cup teams and has earned the European Tour Order of Merit twice. While earning the necessary points for the International Ballot in 2003, he met the final qualifying criteria when he turned 40 last year.
Others being considered are Miller Barber, Fred Couples, Doug Ford, Jay Haas, Don January, Tony Lema, Davis Love III, Harold (Jug) McSpaden, Mark O’Meara, Kenny Perry, Macdonald Smith, Dave Stockton, Ken Venturi, Fuzzy Zoeller, Peter Alliss, Darren Clarke, Max Faulkner, Sandy Lyle, Graham Marsh, Colin Montgomerie, Norman Von Nida, Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki and Ian Woosnam.
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