Ask any kid who they want to become in the future, and they will answer – a billionaire sitting in the Hall of Fame. Sometimes dreams come true, especially with the right mindset, hard work, and a fair share of opportunity. In golf, some players have risen from child prodigies to global superstars and displayed remarkable careers that earned them a spot in the World Golf Hall of Fame. To gain induction into this coveted list, you must be aged 45 years and above during the induction year and have made undisputable contributions to the sport. The 20-member selection panel for inductees comprises nine media representatives, seven golf administrators, and four Hall of Fame members.
Ten Notable Names in The World Golf Hall of Fame
For someone with a record-breaking resume of 82 PGA Tour wins and 15 major trophies, Tiger Woods deserved a spot on the World Golf Hall of Fame. Fortunately, lady luck smiled at him in 2021 when he finally joined the coveted list. If you ask most golf fans, Woods even deserves a whole stratosphere built to honor him alone, considering the man spent 683 weeks as the world number one!
As far as female golfers go, Swedish star Annika Sörenstam is one of the best to ever play the game, boasting 97 professional wins on the LPGA and Ladies European Tours, including ten majors. Sörenstam became a Hall of Famer in 2003 and rightly deserved it. Her other notable achievements include winning a career grand slam, six Vare Trophies, and eight Player of the Year awards.
George H. W. Bush
Presidents have a special relationship with golf, and the 41st U.S. President, George H. W. Bush, has also been a World Golf Hall of Fame inductee since 2011. The avid golf advocate was known for a fast-paced personal style of play he called “aerobic golf” that would see him complete an 18-hole round in eighty minutes.
Phil Mickelson is one of modern history’s most phenomenal golf acts, which saw him become a Hall of Famer in 2012. The LIV Golf star boasts an impressive resume, including six major championships and 45 PGA Tour wins. Mickelson ages like the proverbial fine wine because in 2021, he scooped the PGA Championship aged over 50, becoming the oldest major championship winner.
1997 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Nick Faldo needs no introduction to avid golf fans. The English golf sensation spent a stunning 97 weeks atop the OWGR. Faldo has 41 professional wins, including six major championships and 30 European Tour victories.