Who will be inducted next into the World Golf Hall of Fame?
The World Golf Hall of Fame will welcome arguably its greatest player next year, when Tiger Woods takes his place among the best in the business. An 82-time PGA Tour winner and 15-time major winner, it’s no surprise to see him enter golf’s most exclusive clubhouse.
Here are six other players who could be inducted over the next few years, or at least those who deserve a nomination.
Note: To be eligible, you must be 45 years old or older and have either 15 wins on “approved tours” or two major wins.
A golden oldie
"The Gentleman," Johnny Farrell, is currently at the top of the chart titled "major winner with the most PGA Tour wins who isn’t in the Hall of Fame." The New Yorker played his first major in 1919 and was still playing them in the 1950s.
A winner of 22 PGA Tour events, he had his best year in 1927, when he won seven tournaments. A year later he got his major, with a defeat of Bobby Jones in a 36-hole playoff to win the US Open. He finished runner-up in the PGA Championship and The Open Championship the following year, and his streak of top 10 major finishes extended to six.
Farrell made the top 25 in 14 of the 15 PGA Championships he played in and in three of his four Open Championship tries. He was also part of two Ryder Cup-winning teams. He died in 1988, at the age of 87, and will no doubt be honored soon.
Luck of the Irish
It may be an Irish-bias, but surely it’ll be time to induct Padraig Harrington soon? The 48-year-old Dubliner has 31 professional wins, including 15 on the European Tour, six on the PGA Tour, and four on the Asian Tour.
It all came good for Harrington in 2007 and 2008. He finished in the top five at the Masters both years, won two Open Championships and a PGA Championship, and was crowned PGA Player of the Year in 2008.
He is a four-time Ryder Cup winner and this year’s Ryder Cup captain, but most importantly an Irish legend who deserves Hall of Fame status.
A Spanish superstar
Good food, good wine and good cigars — this is what Spanish hero Miguel Angel Jimenez links to his longevity. The 56-year-old made his debut on the European Tour in 1988 and is still swinging as well as ever.
A 21-time European Tour winner, nine-time PGA Tour winner and seven-time Asian Tour winner, Jimenez has delighted fans across the world. He has finished in the top 10 in majors nine times and came closest to tasting success in the 2000 U.S. Open. If it wasn’t for Woods and his pesky 15-shot victory, Jimenez would’ve reached the top of the mountain.
Anyone who can smoke a cigar and look that good playing golf in his 50s should be recognized by the Hall of Fame.
Always the bridesmaid, finally the bride?
Could Lee Westwood be considered in the coming years? At one time Westy spent more than 350 weeks in the top 10 in the world rankings and is one of only two players to be No. 1 having never won a major.
That run with out a major is a black mark against the 46-year-old, but he is a 25-time winner on the European Tour (eighth most all-time) and can add a couple of PGA Tour wins to that tally. Westy is one of the few golfers to have won on the European Tour in four different decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s).
"Mr. Consistent" has played in 82 majors. He has finished in the top 10 on 19 occasions and in the top five 12 times. In each of those, he’s either been runner-up or third. He may never win a major, but surely Westy deserves his place in the Hall of Fame.