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In a move that’s been well over­due, the World Golf Hall of Fame has raised the min­i­mum age for in­duc­tion from 40 to 50.The only ex­cep­tion would be for male and fe­male play­ers who have been in­ac­tive on their re­spec­tive tours for ve or more years, paving the way for Lorena Ochoa to be­come part of the Class of 2017.While much is be­ing made of the new rule de­lay­ing the in­duc­tion of Tiger Woods, who turned 40 in De­cem­ber, the im­por­tant thing about the change is that it helps make the Hall of Fame a more ex­clu­sive club at a time when golf ’s pool of el­i­gi­ble play­ers is shal­low. Be­fore ma­jor re­vi­sions in its cri­te­ria and pro­cesses were an­nounced af­ter a strate­gic re­view in 2014 (in­clud­ing mak­ing the in­duc­tions and the ac­com­pa­ny­ing bi­en­nial rather an­nual), the WGHOF su ered from too many years in which too many play­ers were elected. In the last 40 years, 150 hon­orees have been en­shrined, a rate that is un­sus­tain­able.The for­mer syn­drome led to the in­duc­tion of Vi­jay Singh, Ernie Els and Phil Mick­el­son in their early 40s, a time when the still-ac­tive play­ers them­selves seemed am­biva­lent about be­ing en­shrined. If any­thing, the WGHOF should be fo­cused on hon­our­ing more older and de­ceased play­ers, who can be for­got­ten with­out knowl­edge­able his­tor­i­cal over­sight. “I think it should prob­a­bly be looked to move back to 50 be­cause the Hall of Fame is an op­por­tu­nity to re ect on your ca­reer,” said Mick­el­son af­ter his elec­tion was an­nounced in 2012. “I’m still in the stage where I’m look­ing for­ward at my ca­reer.” Enough said. – JAIME DIAZ

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