Class of 2011

 George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush

From his birth, it was obvious that George H.W. Bush was destined to be deeply involved in two things: politics and golf. His grandfather, George Herbert Walker, was president of the USGA in 1920. During his time at the helm, he created the Walker Cup, a biannual competition between amateur stars from the U.S. and …

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 Frank Chirkinian

Frank Chirkinian

Frank Chirkinian walked into Augusta National Golf Club to produce his first CBS broadcast of The Masters in 1959. The cameras were stationary. The colors were black and white. The microphones, well, there weren’t many. “Frank is universally regarded as the father of golf television,” said Jim Nantz, CBS’s longtime lead golf announcer. “He invented …

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 Ernie Els

Ernie Els

The crowds roared and the young man from South Africa held aloft one of golf’s most enduring trophies: The claret jug. Ernie Els unleashed his famous smile and addressed a crowd of reporters. “I could not be happier,” he said. While Els is an Open champion, on that day he was not talking about himself. He …

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 Doug Ford

Doug Ford

Doug Ford is a wonderful example of why the Veterans Category exists for entry into the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum. Ford may not be the first player remembered from the era of Hogan, Snead and Palmer. Still, when you look at his numbers, entry into the Hall of Fame seems quite natural. …

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 Jock Hutchison

Jock Hutchison

Jock Hutchison’s addition to the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum reunites “The American Triumvirate” and pens a fitting final chapter for one of the most dominating golfers of the 1910s and ’20s. Hutchison, along with fellow World Golf Hall of Fame members Walter Hagen and Jim Barnes, earned their moniker after winning a …

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 Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki

Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki

There are sporting legends in every country that seem to be bigger than life. They make people sit up and take note. Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki is just such an athlete. While golf has long been popular in Japan, it was Ozaki who brought a new vitality to the game and his emergence spawned an unprecedented …

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