Pros say no to Williams in Hall of Fame
He might be rated the world’s best caddy – but when it comes to golf’s Hall of Fame big Kiwi Steve Williams misses out on “club” selection.
That’s because a recent poll of professionals revealed that four of out five didn’t feel Williams deserved to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Steve Williams with Adam Scott (Credit: Anthony Powter)
The fact that Williams carried Tiger Woods’ bag for 13 of his 14 major wins and also “looped” for Adam Scott when he won the 2013 US Masters obviously counted for nothing.
And even though Williams intends to retire from a fulltime caddying at the end of the current season and has done the job for 36 years, more than 80 per cent of pros felt he “didn’t belong” in the Hall of Fame.
Of course a precedent has been set: other non-players in the Hall of Fame include former US president George H. W. Bush, golf writer Dan Jenkins, television producer Frank Chirkinian and the late, great golf instructor Harvey Penick.
There’s only one New Zealander in the Hall of Fame, Sir Bob Charles with the former Open champion inducted in 2008.
One Kiwi who did come out smelling of roses was rookie professional Lydia Ko.
LPGA players were asked which player would have a better career between New Zealand’s Ko, world No. 6 Lexie Thompson and 18-year-old British hotshot Charley Hull.
Ko won that vote, easily, with 79 percent of the votes.