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Tiger Woods to Be Inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame

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Fifteen-time major winner Tiger Woods will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame at the PGA Tour headquarters in Florida on Wednesday.

The 46-year-old American golfer has won 15 majors, closely following Jack Nicklaus’ 18. Woods has also won a joint-record 82 times on the PGA Tour.

Woods is missing this week’s Player’s Championship at Sawgrass to give him time to recover from his injuries sustained in a 2021 car crash. 

He is yet to set a date for his return to the PGA Tour. His last event had been a parent-child exhibition event with his son, Charlie, in December.

At the ceremony, Woods will be introduced by his daughter, Sam. He will also be inducted alongside former PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, four-time major winner Susie Maxwell, and course developer and architect Marion Hollins. The ceremony will begin at 7:00 pm local time (0:00 GMT). 

2019 champion Rory McIlroy spoke before the Players Championship, saying, “He was going to be a Hall of Famer when he was five years old. He’s been an inspiration for so many of us. We—all that are playing here this week—have to thank Tiger for where the game is and where the Tour is.”

Woods recently won the PGA Tour’s Player Impact Programme with $8m (£6m) for generating more media interest than any golfer in 2021. This is despite the fact that he played only one tournament that year.

Woods’ last official PGA Tour event was the 2020 Masters.

In February 2021, Woods was seriously injured in a car crash. He was not seen publicly for much of the year. A Twitter post of him hitting golf balls with the caption “making progress” was posted in late November, gaining 7.8 million views on the platform.

He partnered with his son, Charlie, a month later in the PNC Championship, a parent-child exhibition event. They won second place after making 11 consecutive birdies in the last round.

Eleven years after winning his 14th major at the 2008 US Open, Woods won his 15th at the 2019 Masters.

His win at the ZOZO Championship in Japan in October 2019 tied him with Sam Snead on 82 PGA Tour wins.

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