Hall of Fame still work in progress

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The World Golf Hall of Fame remains a work in progress, much like the career of the man that just got elected.

Vijay Singh had all the credentials to be included among the best who ever played the game, with 25 career victories on the PGA Tour and three major championships.

Then he showed that he's not finished. Singh won the Houston Open on Sunday to become only the second player to surpass $40 million in career earnings.

It doesn't seem right. The Hall of Fame is supposed to be the cherry on top of an illustrious career, not a palate cleanser.

But golf isn't like other sports.

"They don't retire," said Jack Peter, chief operating officer of the World Golf Hall of Fame. "The age and all the criteria on the ballot are things we review continuously. There's no right answer. It's all very subjective. Is 40 the right age? Is 50 the right age?"

Singh was the youngest player elected from the PGA Tour ballot, and he won't even be the youngest player at the induction ceremony on Nov. 14. Karrie Webb, who earned her way in through the LPGA points system, will be 30.

Annika Sorenstam was inducted two years ago when she was 33.

Is it fair to make Webb wait 20 years to get inducted?

"There's a school of thought that says it's a good thing for Vijay Singh and Annika Sorenstam to carry the Hall of Fame mantra while competing at such a high level," Peter said. "It's not a perfect science."

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