Class of 2006

 Mark McCormack

Mark McCormack

By a strange quirk of fate, a young Mark McCormack was struck by a car as he crossed the street in his home town of Chicago, thus setting into motion a series of events that created a major sea change in golf and sports. While McCormack eventually recovered from his injuries, doctors advised against playing …

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 Larry Nelson

Larry Nelson

To golf fans Larry Nelson’s quiet, unassuming demeanor belies his burning desire to win. But there is much more more to this three-time major champion. Nelson grew up in Ackworth, Ga., northwest of Atlanta, and had little interest in golf. Instead Nelson, a two-sport star in high school, was focused on baseball and basketball. A …

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 Henry Picard

Henry Picard

Henry Picard’s rise from that of a small club professional to one of elite golfer certainly didn’t come without trying times. In 1931, Picard was working as the head pro at Charleston Country Club in South Carolina when the Depression hit. Picard found himself with $5 in his pocket and his bank locked the doors. …

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 Vijay Singh

Vijay Singh

By all objective standards Vijay Singh is richly deserving of induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame. But the path he traveled in getting there is uniquely his. As a youngster growing up in the South Pacific island of Fiji, Vijay would throw his clubs across his back, crouch down and walk 100 yards …

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 Marilynn Smith

Marilynn Smith

As a pre-teen Marilynn Smith served as a pitcher, coach and manager of a boy’s baseball team. Golf, she thought, was a sissy sport, and had never seriously crossed her mind. That is until one day when she came home from a bad day at the sandlot. Her mom asked her how she had done …

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