Love, Woosnam, Mallon, Ochoa in '17 HOF class


Davis Love III’s rewarding year got even better Tuesday when it was announced that he was among the five new inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame. 

The 21-time PGA Tour winner will be enshrined along with Ian Woosnam, Lorena Ochoa, Meg Mallon and Henry Longhurst next September in New York City.

Love won 12 of his 21 titles during the 1990s, including his lone major, the 1997 PGA. He also captured a pair of Players victories, and in 2015, at the age of 51, he took the Wyndham to become the third-oldest winner in Tour history. Last month, he guided the U.S. Ryder Cup team to just its second win since 1999 and its largest margin of victory in 35 years.

Woosnam, 58, won the Masters in 1991 and earned 29 European Tour titles, which ranks sixth all time. He also was a two-time European Tour Player of the Year (1987 and ’90).

Ochoa surprised many by announcing her retirement in 2010, in the prime of her career. Just 28 at the time, the Mexican star stepped away to start a family. She had been No. 1 in the world for three years, winning 27 events in a six-season span. This is the first year that Ochoa, who turns 35 next month, was eligible for induction, after being five years removed from active membership.

Mallon, 53, got the call after a career that included 18 LPGA titles, four majors (most recently the 2004 U.S. Women’s Open) and eight Solheim Cup appearances. She retired in 2010.

Longhurst, who died in 1978, was a British golf writer and commentator who spent 45 years with the Sunday Times.

The induction ceremony will be held Sept. 26, in conjunction with the Presidents Cup at Liberty National.

Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Gary Player and Nancy Lopez served as co-chairs of the 18-person selection committee. The five inductees received at least 75 percent of the vote.