New candidates this year are Jay Haas and Kenny Perry on the PGA Tour Ballot and Irishman Darren Clarke on the International Ballot.
Of the 15 candidates on the PGA Tour ballot, the top returning finishers from 2008 include Lanny Wadkins (52%), Doug Ford (35%) and Mark OMeara (24%). The International ballot, which has 12 candidates, will again include last years vote leaders Jose Maria Olazabal (49%), Masashi Jumbo Ozaki (46 %) and Sandy Lyle (35%).
There are many qualified individuals in consideration each year, including those candidates on the ballots as well as those who will be considered through the Lifetime Achievement and Veterans categories, said Jack Peter, the Halls Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. We look forward to learning the results of this years process as we move toward another Induction Ceremony this Fall.
Members of the International Voting Body are eligible to nominate candidates for the Lifetime Achievement Category. The World Golf Hall of Fame Advisory Board can nominate for both the Lifetime Achievement and Veterans categories. Candidates for both Lifetime Achievement and the Veterans will be reviewed for selection by the World Golf Foundations Board of Directors this spring.
The 2009 World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place November 2, 2009 at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.