Toms Lone First-Timer on Hall of Fame Ballot


Former PGA Championship winner David Toms is the lone first-timer on the 20-player PGA TOUR ballot that has arrived in the hands of voters for the 2007 World Golf Hall of Fame.

Veteran Toms meets the criteria for nomination because of his 12 TOUR wins and the fact that he turned 40 earlier this year.

To gain a spot on the ballot a player must have 10 official TOUR victories or at least two wins in the four major championships or The Players Championship. He must also have turned 40 and been a member of the PGA TOUR for a minimum of 10 years.

Heading the list of the other 19 players on the ballot are two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange, Lanny Wadkins (who won 21 times on TOUR) and the late Craig Wood, who won 21 times on TOUR and captured two majors.

The names of Strange, Wadkins and Wood appeared on 53, 50 and 37 percent, respectively, of the ballots cast last year. They were the leading vote getters of players who didn't gain entrance. To get into the Hall a player's name must show up on at least 65 per cent of the ballots cast.

Larry Nelson was the lone player elected off the 2006 TOUR ballot, gaining 65 percent of the vote.

The ballots are due March 2. Results are expected to be announced in the weeks following this year's Masters Tournament. Induction ceremonies are scheduled for late in the year. Other top current players on the ballot include Fred Couples, Davis Love III and John Daly.