Tiger Woods Elected To World Golf Hall Of Fame

The 15-time Major winner will be the first member of the class of 2021.

Masters overrated Tiger Woods Elected To World Golf Hall Of Fame
Tiger Woods will be the first member of the Class of 2021 (Getty Images)
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The 15-time Major winner will be the first member of the class of 2021.

Tiger Woods Elected To World Golf Hall Of Fame

With the 2020 Players Championship (opens in new tab) about to begin, the least surprising, and totally expected news regarding the World Golf Hall of Fame has officially been announced; Tiger Woods (opens in new tab) has been elected into it and will be the first member of the class of 2021.

“I am both honored and humbled to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame,” Woods said in a statement. “This past year has been such an incredible journey, and the support I've received from my family, friends and fans has been overwhelming. This achievement is the ultimate recognition to never give up and keep chasing.”

The only surprising thing about the announcement is a logistical point. Up until earlier this year the minimum age for enshrinement had been 50, but this was lowered to 45. Tiger turns 45 later this year on December 30th so the timing of this is pretty obvious.

“Tiger has done more for the game of golf than anyone ever thought possible, and his historic feats on the course are only one aspect of his impact,” said PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan. “His imprint on the game is immeasurable, and his unparalleled legacy is one we look forward to celebrating as he’s inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame next year.”

The news comes after Tiger announced he would be missing The Players Championship for the first time since 2017, citing a sore back. Given he has the intention of defending his Masters title in April, this is not surprising.

Tiger won the 2019 Masters and will look to defend it in 2020 (Getty Images(

Woods is the first member of the Class of 2021 picked by the Hall of Fame's 20-member Selection Committee.

From a list of 10 finalists, the committee voted on Wednesday and the additional inductees will be announced in the future.

The other finalists being considered at the moment are Johnny Farrell, Padraig Harrington, Tom Weiskopf, Susie Maxwell Berning, Beverly Hanson, Sandra Palmer and Dottie Pepper, and contributors Tim Finchem and Marion Hollins.

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A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.  
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 


Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6