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Stewart & Norman elected to Hall of Fame

The late Payne Stewart and Greg Norman have been voted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, the PGA announced Wednesday.

The players were voted in through the PGA Tour Ballot, with Norman being named on 80.1 percent of the ballots and Stewart 67.5 percent. Players need to be named on sixty-five percent of the ballots to get in.

"Greg has established himself as one of the most recognisable international stars in golf history with a remarkable record that includes more than 70 victories throughout the world," said PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem. "Payne not only was an accomplished player, he was also concerned with conveying the proper message as a professional athlete. He took great care to make sure that he demonstrated a sense of style and manner that brought dignity to the game of golf. Both men are very deserving of this honour."

Norman has 18 PGA Tour victories among his 70-plus career victories, including the British Open in 1986 and 1993 and the 1989 PGA Championship. The 46-year- old has led the PGA Tour in scoring average five times and has topped the money list three times.

Stewart won 11 PGA Tour events, including the U.S. Open in 1991 and 1999 and the 1989 PGA Championship, before he was killed in a plane crash on October 25, 1999. Stewart also had the best scoring average in 1989. The Payne Stewart Award was established by the Tour in 2000, honouring the PGA golfer who exhibits professionalism, commitment to charity, golf tradition and personal presentation.

The five other people already voted in this year are Germany's Bernhard Langer, the LPGA's Donna Caponi, former USGA President Judy Bell, club manufacturer Karsten Solheim and golf's first professional, Allan Robertson.

The 2001 induction ceremonies will be held November 11 at the World Gold Village outside St. Augustine, Florida. All of the honorees will be inducted except Langer, who requested to be inducted in 2002.


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