Notes New Hall of Famers Lefty No 1

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EDINA, Minn. -- He was the first of only five players to capture the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year. He was the first player to lose all four majors in extra holes. Finally, Craig Wood is getting his due.
 
Forty years after he died, Wood was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame by earning the minimum 65 percent of the vote, making him the only player this year to be get in through the PGA TOUR ballot.
 
Wood will be inducted Nov. 10 at the World Golf Village along with a class of 2008 that was expanded to five Tuesday.
 
Denny Shute, who won a British Open at St. Andrews and won back-to-back years at the PGA Championship, was selected through the Veterans Category, while golf writer Herbert Warren Wind and seven-time USGA champion Carole Semple Thompson were selected through the Lifetime Achievement category. Golf course architect Pete Dye was selected earlier in the Lifetime Achievement category.
 
Wood won 21 times on the PGA TOUR and became the first wire-to-wire winner of the Masters in 1941. He was poised to win the second edition of the Masters in 1935, safely in the clubhouse until Gene Sarazen holed out for double eagle on the 15th hole, then defeated Wood the next day in a playoff.
 
Shute had 15 TOUR victories, including the British Open at St. Andrews in 1933. He won the PGA Championship in 1936 and 1937, and for 63 years was the last man to win consecutive PGA titles until Tiger Woods in 1999-2000.
 
Wind wrote for The New Yorker from 1947 to 1953, then a 30-year stretch until he retired in 1990. He was covering the Masters in 1958 for Sports Illustrated when he described the 11th, 12th and 13th holes as Amen Corner. His books on golf include The Story of American Golf and Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf that he wrote with Ben Hogan.
 
Thompson has played in more than 100 USGA events, winning the U.S. Womens Amateur in 1973, four straight years in the U.S. Womens Senior Amateur and the twice in the U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur. She played on 12 Curtis Cup teams and was captain twice.
 
WHOS NO. 1
Even without playing the rest of the year, Tiger Woods has clinched the Mark H. McCormack Award for being No. 1 in the world ranking for the most weeks during a season.
 
No surprise there'Woods has won the award every year since it began in 1998.
 
The question is whether he can stay No. 1 the rest of the season. Woods is at 21.14, more than double that of Phil Mickelson at No. 2. Points are gradually reduced, and without earning any more points, Woods will finish 2008 with an average of 11.97.
 
That leaves him in range of Mickelson, who likely will need to win a major, a World Golf Championship event and perhaps two other events to replace Woods at No. 1.
 
Since the world ranking became official in 1986, Mickelson and the late Payne Stewart are the only players to win three majors without ever reaching No. 1.
 
INTERLACHEN 5s
For those pleasantly surprised to see the USGA keep the 18th hole at Torrey Pines as a par 5 at the U.S. Open, it went a few steps further for the U.S. Womens Open. Interlachen will have five par 5s and play as a par 73.
 
Not that Mike Davis, senior director of rules and competition who sets up the course, didnt think about it.
 
None of those holes made sense as a par 4, Davis said.
 
It will be the second LPGA major in the last four events that par was 73. The Road Hole on the Old Course at St. Andrews was changed from a par 4 to a par 5 for the Womens British Open.
 
Davis said the nines at Interlachen also have been flipped, making it the same routing as when Bobby Jones won the 1930 U.S. Open on his way to the Grand Slam.
 
I checked the records, and they played it as a 72 for that Open, Davis said. The 10th hole was a par 4. I looked at that for the women, but it just didnt make sense.
 
COLLEGE COMBINE
For those who want to play college golf, there might be a cheaper way to get noticed by coaches than an expensive summer on junior golf circuits.
 
There will be two College Golf Combines this summer, in South Carolina and California, where kids from the eighth grade through seniors in high school will spend one day going through various skills tests, followed by an 18-hole tournament.
 
The International Junior Golf Tour and Hank Haneys golf academy are sponsoring the combine, which has signed up Under Armour as a title sponsor. The East combine will be held July 28-29 at Tradition National in Hardeeville, S.C., with the West combine scheduled for Aug. 4-5 at East Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif.
 
Its going to give these kids some good exposure, Haney said. It allows coaches to get a close look at potential players. This is something thats going to grow each year. Its already to the point where were doing it on both coasts.
 
Already coaches from 40 colleges, from NAIA to Division I, have signed up for mens and womens combines on both coasts. Tournament director Stephanie Gelleni said more than 175 recruits have registered.
 
Combines have proven to be very successful for many other sports in the college ranks, Long Beach State womens coach Sue Ewart said. For golf, this will be the one time where we can compare athlete to athlete on various shots.
 
MONEY MATTERS
With a tie for sixth last week, Lorena Ochoa set an LPGA Tour record by reaching $2 million in earnings in just her 11th tournament this year. The previous record was Annika Sorenstam, who took 15 events to reach $2 million in 2004.
 
Ochoa also holds the record for fastest to reach $1 million (five events), and she is the only LPGA player to surpass $3 million and $4 million in a single season (2007).
 
DIVOTS
Three players shot 62 in the third round of the Travelers Championship. None of them broke par the next day. Two days before Tiger Woods teed off in the U.S. Open, Shaun Micheel had season-ending surgery on his left should to repair a torn labrum and remove a bone spur. The Walker Cup will be played in 2013 at National Golf Links, site of the first Walker Cup in 1922.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK
The U.S. Womens Open includes 27 amateurs. The U.S. Open had 11 amateurs in the field.
 
FINAL WORD
I talk a lot.'LPGA champion Yani Tseng of Taiwan, on how she learned to speak English.
 

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