Norman Heads 2002 Hall of Fame Class


Greg Norman headlines a list of six players who will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame this Sunday in St. Augustine, Fla.
The late Payne Stewart, Donna Caponi, Karsten Solheim, Judy Bell and Allan Robertson join Norman.
Greg Norman
The 46-year-old Australian has won 75 worldwide events in his career; 18 of those wins came on the PGA Tour. Norman has two major victories to his credit ' the 1986 and 93 British Opens. Nicknamed The Shark for his aggressive nature, he also held the No. 1 position in the Official World Golf Ranking longer than anyone since its inception in 1986.
But perhaps more than his triumphs, fans will remember Norman for his shortcomings. He finished runner-up 31 times on the PGA Tour; eight of which came in major championships.
In 1986, Norman won the Saturday Slam by leading all four majors after the third round. Hes also the only player to lose all four majors in a playoff.
Norman was elected on the PGA Tour ballot.
Payne Stewart
With the knickers and the tam o-shanter cap, Stewart was one of the games most recognizable figures. He won 18 times around the world, including 11 on the PGA Tour. He won the 1989 PGA Championship, and the 1991 and 99 U.S. Opens.
The inspirational leader on five U.S. Ryder Cup teams, Stewart was killed along with five others in a plane accident Oct. 25, 1999. He was 42-years-old.
Stewart was elected on the PGA Tour ballot.
Donna Caponi
Caponi won 24 times on the LPGA Tour, including four major championships. She turned professional at the age of 19 in 1965 and earned her first victory in the 69 U.S. Womens Open.
Caponi won five times each in 1980 and 81. She was recognized during the LPGAs 50th Anniversary in 2000 as one of the tours top 50 players and teachers. She is currently an analyst for The Golf Channel.
Caponi was elected on the LPGA Tour ballot.
Karsten Solheim
Solheim was the founder of Karsten Manufacturing, which produced Ping putters and equipment. His putters have been used to win more than 1,800 tournaments. He also developed investment casting and perimeter-weighted irons, revolutionizing how clubs were made.
He died last year of Parkinsons disease at the age of 88.
Solheim was elected through the Lifetime Achievement category.
Judy Bell
Bell, a lifelong amateur, was a member of the 1960 and '62 Curtis Cup teams, and was captain of the U.S. team in 1986 and '88.
She was a member of the U.S. Golf Association's women's committee for 16 years, and in 1996 became the first woman elected USGA president.
Bell was elected through the Lifetime Achievement category.
Allan Robertson
Robertson is credited as the first golf professional. He was best known as the maker of the featherie ball. Robertson was the first player to break 80 on the Old Course at St. Andrews, with a round of 79 in 1858.
Legend has it that he and Old Tom Morris never lost when playing as a team.
Robertson was elected by the Veterans committee.
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