Laura Davies won over 88 titles worldwide.

The World Golf Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for 2015.

Laura Davies, Mark O’Meara, David Graham and A.W. Tillinghast will be honored in the induction ceremony that will take place at St. Andrews University just six blocks from St. Andrews golf course in July.

Laura Davies has won golf tournaments around the world and has been one of the most dominant female athletes of all time.

She has been the most recognizable golfer on the Ladies European Tour (LET) for over 30 years. She holds the record for most wins on the LET with 45.

She added another 20 wins on the LPGA Tour, even though she played primarily in Europe.

In addition, Davies won four major championships, six LPGA of Japan events, two Ladies Asian Tour tournaments, eight Australian Ladies PGA and seven other professional tournaments around the world.

Davies has been long overdue for enshrinement into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Mark O'Meara won the 1998 Masters

Mark O’Meara won 16 PGA Tour events in his long career. He won both the Masters and the Open Championship in 1998. He also came close to winning the PGA Championship, ultimately finishing T-4, the same year.

He was named PGA Tour Player of the Year in 1998 and became a mentor to a young Tiger Woods, when he turned professional in 1996.

He also has won around the world with four European Tour wins and two victories on the Japan Golf Tour.

O’Meara has been able to continue his golfing career on the Champions Tour with two wins and a host of top-10 finishes.  At the age of 57, he continues to be a factor on the senior circuit.

David Graham was born in Australia, but won 20 golf tournaments around the world. He holds trophies from tournament victories garnered from six different continents of the world.

David Graham won the 1981 U.S. Open at Merion.

He won two major championships, the 1979 PGA Championship at Oakland Hills and the 1981 U.S. Open at Merion. He fired a nearly perfect 67 in the final round to overtake the 54-hole leader George Burns.

He was also successful in representing Australia in team events, winning the 1970 World Cup and the 1985 Alfred Dunhill Cup.

Graham collapsed while putting in a Champions Tour event in 2004 due to congestive heart failure. He was forced to retire and now resides in Montana.

A.W. Tillinghast (1874-1942) was one of the premier golf architects of his time. He is responsible for designing 265 golf courses around the U.S. and Canada.

Baltusrol, Winged Foot, Beth Page Park and Ridgewood Country Club are just a few of the more famous tracts credited to Tillinghast. His courses have hosted several U.S. Opens and PGA Championships.

A.W. Tillinghast designed the difficult Bethpage Black course.

He is most recognized for the variety found from course to course. He took great pride in making each course unique in its own right.

He appreciated the use of trees to delineate a golf hole and create options for the player. He also put great emphasis on the green complexes of each course. Always aware of the natural drainage, he felt greens needed to be well guarded, but receptive to a properly played shot.

It appears that the new committee format of choosing the candidates for induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame has worked as planned.

All of the 2015 inductees are deserving of the honor of being Hall of Fame members and distinguished themselves throughout their golfing careers.

 

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Ted Bishop appointed Tom Watson as U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain in 2012.

Two years ago Ted Bishop was the incoming president of the PGA of America. The U.S. Ryder Cup team had just experienced another humiliating defeat at Medinah and something had to be done.

The Europeans were dominating an event that Americans had owned for over 30 years. Since continental Europeans joined the Ryder Cup team in 1979, they are 9-7-1. More importantly they have won eight of the past 10 Ryder Cups, the last three consecutively.

He decided to appoint five-time Open Champion Tom Watson as the U.S. Ryder Cup captain for 2014. The only problem with that plan was that Watson turned 65 years old before the Ryder Cup was contested. Even though, he nearly won a sixth Open Championship in 2009, the generation gap proved to be his undoing at Gleneagles.

Evidently today’s zillionaire-professional golfer does not respond well to Knute Rockne motivation speeches or questionable references to their manhood.

Remember, they can always get in their private jets and go home.

Captain Watson took out his frustration in a bitter tirade after the U.S. team lost 3 ½-½ for the second consecutive day in foursomes at Gleneagles.

Tom Watson was frustrated with the U.S. Team performance at Gleneagles.

He even scoffed at a gift the team members had gotten for him and stormed out of the meeting.

Phil Mickelson attempted to soothe the ruffled feathers, but the damage was done and the U.S. lost once again to the Europeans 16 ½-11 ½.

Mickelson, still more than a little miffed at Captain Watson’s outburst the night before, stirred the pot even more with his comments about the superior captaining skills of Paul Azinger during the Sunday evening press conference at Gleneagles.

The mass hysteria for a Ryder Cup win in the United States has reached epic proportions. Fans, media and golf officials are calling for massive changes in the process of choosing a U.S. team captain.

The latest loss plus the subsequent bad blood between Captain Tom Watson and his squad has become a severe stain on the biennial golf matches that are meant to be about sportsmanship and camaraderie.

Sportsmanship seems to get lost in the shuffle when you continuously lose.

Outgoing President of the PGA of America, Ted Bishop has called for change to the selection process. He backed Mickelson’s comments and probably forced Watson to draft the “Open Letter” posted on the PGA.com website.

The last winning U.S. Ryder Cup team captain, Paul Azinger is lobbying hard for the captain’s position for the next six years and the golf media is having a jolly old time writing volumes about the disorganization of the American Ryder Cup effort.

You know what they say, there is no such thing as bad publicity.

Phil Mickelson was left scratching his head after yet another U.S. loss.

We are two full weeks removed from the last putt dropping and bottle of champagne uncorked at Gleneagles. The Ryder Cup is still leading the golf news.

You just can’t buy publicity like this.

There will be changes and the Ryder Cup will be contested again in two-year’s time at Hazeltine in Minneapolis.

It will once again be one of the most anticipated sporting events of 2016 and the outcome will probably be the same with a European win.

Simply because, they get it.

The Europeans come to play some golf, enjoy being with their buddies and have a good time. The U.S team just wants to promote their individual brand and reap more sponsor dollars after the matches conclude.

Can Azinger change that?

 

 

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