Woods confirmed for 2021 World Golf Hall of Fame

It’s official! Tiger Woods will be inducted into the World Golf Hall Of Fame class of 2021.

Woods has become eligible for the honour following the recent lowering of the age limit from 50 to 45 and will reach the entry age on December 30, 2020.

Tiger Woods Tiger celebrates winning the 2006 US PGA Championship, the second major title of that year following his British Open victory at Royal Liverpool (Credit: Anthony Powter)

“I am both honoured and humbled to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame,” said Woods.

“This past year has been such an incredible journey and the support I’ve received from my family, friends and fans has been overwhelming. This achievement is the ultimate recognition to never give up and keep chasing.”

The former World No.1 claimed his 15th major title with a fairytale come-from-behind victory in April last year and now sits “just” three major titles behind Jack Nicklaus.

In the same year, Woods also equalled Sam Snead’s long-standing 82 PGA Tour victories record following his win at the inaugural ZOZO Championship in Japan before guiding the US Presidents Cup team to victory at Royal Melbourne in December as a playing-captain…a move that was highly criticised at the time.

“Tiger has done more for the game of golf than anyone ever thought possible, and his historic feats on the course are only one aspect of his impact,” said PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, who delivered the news to Woods.

“His imprint on the game is immeasurable, and his unparalleled legacy is one we look forward to celebrating as he’s inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame next year.”

The 44-year-old has been sitting out the PGA Tour since the Genesis Invitational, which he hosted at Riviera Country Club and finished last in.

The offical response from Camp Tiger was that he was resting his back in the lead-up to the Masters in early April, however with recent events he may be sitting out of the game for a whole lot longer than he expected…and that may be a good thing.

The Class of 2021 is elected by the Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee, which is a 20-member panel co-chaired by Hall of Fame Members Beth Daniel, Nick Price, Annika Sorenstam and Curtis Strange, and includes media representatives and leaders of the major golf organisations.