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Perry, Haas, Clarke nominated for Hall of Fame

Perry, Haas, Clarke nominated for Hall of Fame

Not only did Kenny Perry's three victories last year earn him a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team, it got him on the U.S. PGA Tour ballot for the World Golf Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame released its ballots to voters on Tuesday. Perry and Jay Haas were added to the tour ballot, while Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland was added to the International ballot.
For players to be on the tour ballot, they must be at least 40 and a tour member for at least 10 years, with a minimum of 10 victories or a combination of 20 U.S. PGA and Champions Tour victories. Perry has 12 wins; Haas won twice last year, pushing his combination of wins to 21. Clarke became eligible by turning 40.
Voters include Hall of Fame members, golf writers, historians and golf dignitaries from around the world. The ballots are due on March 2, and players require 65 percent of the vote to be elected. (If no one is elected, the player receiving at least 50 percent will get in).
Lanny Wadkins received 52 percent of the vote last year, followed by Doug Ford (35 percent) and Mark O'Meara (24 percent). Davis Love III received 19 percent last year but likely will get more votes after picking up his 20th career victory in November.
On the international ballot, Jose Maria Olazabal received 49 percent of the vote last year.
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CAREER MONEY EXEMPTIONS: Prize money on the U.S. PGA Tour has nearly tripled in the last decade. Now, there might be a new way to measure the financial growth _ the number of players taking a one-time exemption for career money.
Chris DiMarco is among eight players who will keep their card in 2009 from being in the top 25 or the top 50 in career money, the highest number using career money exemptions this decade.
DiMarco (No. 19) and Tom Lehman (No. 18) are the only two players from the top 25 in career money. The others are Jeff Sluman, Brad Faxon, Bob Estes, David Duval, Jeff Maggert and Loren Roberts. Sluman (No. 26) and Roberts (No. 45) aren't expected to play most of the time on the Champions Tour, so taking the exemption was a matter of using it while it's available.
Roberts and Sluman both are playing in the Sony Open this week.
"If I don't use it, I'll probably lose it," said Roberts, who plans to play four or five times on the tour this year.
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DIVOTS: Seven players at the Mercedes-Benz Championship last week decided not to take the 20-minute flight to Oahu for the Sony Open, including Vijay Singh (knee surgery Wednesday) and Justin Leonard, who traditionally plays the Bob Hope Desert Classic next week, which starts a day early because it is 90 holes. ... Sean O'Hair figures to have a hectic summer. His wife, Jackie, is expecting their third child in late June.
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STAT: The U.S. PGA Tour had 41 players who made more money last year than Arnold Palmer earned in his career.


Updated : 2021-02-26 16:09 GMT+08:00