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Tiger Woods denied of Hall of Fame stature as selection committee revises qualifications

Tiger Woods was denied of a spot in the World Golf Hall of Fame as the selection committee revised the age requirement.

Tiger Woods will have to wait for another 10 years before he gets inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as the selection committee has made revisions for the criteria of a possible candidate.

The news came as a surprise as Fox Sports reported that despite Woods’ respectable credentials, having been one of the most successful golfers of all time winning 14 major golf tournaments and claiming 76 PGA Tour wins, his eligibility will halt for the meantime his induction to the hall of fame.

It was learned that the selection committee has made new revisions for the criteria of possible candidate and that is stretching the age requirement from 40 to 50 year old.

The PGA Tour made the announcement through a statement that effective immediately candidates to the Hall of Fame must be of 50 year old at the start of the year in which the selection is made.

The new criteria also has an exception which is that a player was at least five years removed from being an active participant on his or her respective tour. The new rule may have disappoint Woods, who just turned 40 in December.

Included in the selection committee are Jack Nicklaus, Nancy Lopez, Gary Player and Anna Sorenstam. The committee will elect the Class of 2017 by May 3, 2017 which a week that coincides with The Players Championship.

World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum president Jack Peter stated over at PGA Tour that they will work closely with the selection committee to ensure that the candidates are worthy to be included into the hall of fame list.

“We work very closely with our Hall of Fame Members to ensure all aspects of the Induction criteria are shrewd and judicious. As players continue to elevate their fitness levels and continue to play at a high level for a longer period of time, moving the age requirement to 50 ensures that we are able to celebrate their careers at the proper time,” Peter said.

The Selection Commission will review candidates in four categories and will discuss the merits and then take a vote. A candidate must receive at least 75 percent of the vote to be elected.

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