It’s time to use a point system to determine new male entrants into the World Golf Hall of Fame. The LPGA Tour figured this out years ago.
Everyone, including Fred Couples, is pleased the method for induction is being reviewed.
Imagine the awkward feeling Fred has anytime he sits down in a locker room or plays an exhibition match with a player who is of the opinion that his record isn’t quite up to historical qualifications.
Don’t get me wrong.
Couples is a wonderful player with 15 PGA Tour wins including, a major but in the opinion of many, he is short by either two or three victories or one more major short. He was primarily elected because he is a fan favourite.
There are others with similar credentials and others with superior records yet to be inducted.
In his defence, one could argue that Couples won the Players Championship and that closes the gap. Fred is very simply the first person in recent years to land exactly on the line of consideration. He’s absolutely terrific player who has been and still is good for the game.
However, the problem is much deeper than the induction of one player who is good. The question is has he been great?
With Couples’ induction, the problem facing the Hall of Fame Committee in the future will be the precedent it sets. Once a record of 15 PGA Tour wins and one major becomes the bar, it opens the door for others.
It is time to assign a point value to every event won by those currently in the Hall of Fame.
It could resemble something like this:
Major Championships 10
Players Championship/World Golf Championships 8
Regular PGA Tour events 6
European Tour wins 5
Asian Tour wins 4
Other tour wins 3
Champions Tour Majors/WebDotCom Tour wins 2
Regular Champions Tour wins/National Amateur Championships 1
Apply the formula to every player inducted to find the lowest common denominator accepted. Induct any player who qualifies, but hasn’t been nominated and either set a new standard or move on, but let’s get off the subjective bandwagon.
Either you had a great career or you didn’t.