WGHOF to use committees to determine inductees

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2014, 3:30 pm

The World Golf Hall of Fame will now use a 20-person Selection Sub-Committee and 16-person Selection Commission to determine who will be inducted every two years.

Instead of an open vote among golf journalists, historians and dignitaries, a 20-person Selection Sub-Committee will nominate the finalists who will then be voted on by a 16-person Selection Committee that includes some of the game's biggest names. The Sub-Committee will review all those eligible for consideration, narrowing the list down to 10. That group will then be distributed to all Hall of Fame members, who will select five finalists from both the male and female categories. The five names are then sent to the Selection Commission for a final vote.

To be elected, a player must receive at least 75 percent of the vote (16 of 20). Previously, election required 65 percent of returned ballots.

Among the other notable changes that were announced Sunday by the Hall of Fame:

• For a male to be eligible: at least 15 victories in International Federation of PGA Tour events, or two majors/Players titles. Previously, an inductee must have at least 10 wins and/or two majors/Players titles. He also must be 40 at the start of the year in which the selection is made.

• For a woman to be eligible: at least 15 wins on Rolex Ranking tours, or two major titles. The 27-point system still exists, though it remains highly unlikely that a player could be inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame but not the World Golf Hall of Fame. She also must be 40 at the start of the year in which the selection is made.

• The next World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be Monday, May 4, 2015. The induction will then be held every two years.

• There are four categories: male and female competitors, veterans and lifetime achievement. No category will have more than two inductees in any class, and no more than five total.

• Nominees in the veterans category need to have played primarily before 1975, but there is no minimum victory requirement and both amateurs and professionals will be eligible. 

The 16-person Selection Commission will be comprised of: four co-chairs who are Hall of Fame members (this year, they are Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Nancy Lopez and Annika Sorenstam); nine institutional seats that include the Hall of Fame Board of Directors: George O’Grady, Mike Whan, Pete Bevacqua, Tim Finchem, Will Jones, Peter Dawson and Mike Davis. Also, Derek Lawrenson, chair of the AGW, and Ron Sirak, the Golf Writers Association of America president, will be on the committee. Two of the three at-large seats will be the chair of the Japan LPGA (Hiromi Kobayashi) and executive director of the Sunshine Tour (Selwyn Nathan). The AGW and GWAA will agree on a third at-large media member (John Hopkins this year). Co-chairs and at-large members serve two-year terms. 

The 20-person Selection Sub-Committee is chaired by Jack Peter, the COO of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The seven institutional seats are filled by Richard Hills (European Tour), Heather Daly-Donofrio (LPGA), Julius Mason (PGA of America), Charlie Zink (PGA Tour), Angela Howe (R&A), Ron Cross (The Masters) and Rand Jarris (USGA). The 13 at-large seats include six Hall of Fame members (Peter Alliss, Beth Daniel, Carol Mann, Johnny Miller, Curtis Strange and Karrie Webb); two members of the International Federation of PGA Tour (Ivan Khodabakhsh and Andy Yamanaka); and five at-large members, David Fay, Alastair Johnston, Lewine Mair, Pete McDaniel and Ty Votaw. 

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 12:55 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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Fleetwood, with his fancy umbrella, fires 65 on Day 2

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 12:34 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tommy Fleetwood looked like an Open rookie when he set out on Friday under gray skies and a cold, steady rain.

Because the Englishman doesn’t have an equipment sponsor he made a quick turn through the merchandise tent for an umbrella – but at least he didn’t have to pay for it.

“We stole it,” he laughed when asked about his Open-brand umbrella. “We got one given for free, actually. We didn't steal it. We don't always carry an umbrella. So it just so happens this week that we've got a nice Open Championship [umbrella]. It looked quite nice, the yellow and the course.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

It was Fleetwood’s only rookie move on Day 2 at Carnoustie, posting a flawless 65 to move into an early tie for second place at 5 under par.

Fleetwood holds the competitive course record at Carnoustie, a 9-under 63 he shot last fall during the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship, but given Friday’s conditions and the difficulty of this course during The Open, his 65 on Friday might have been better.

“It's not a course record, but it's pretty good,” said Fleetwood, who was stroke behind leader Zach Johnson. “If you went out, you wouldn't really fancy being 6 under out there. So I think that's a good indication of how good it was.”

It was a dramatic turnaround for Fleetwood on Friday. He said he struggled with his ball-striking, specifically his tee shots, on Day 1, but he was able to turn things around with an hour-long session on the range following his opening round.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.

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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.