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Couples heads additions to Hall of Fame ballot

Fred Couples, Corey Pavin, David Frost and Gil Morgan were the latest players added to the ballot for the PGA Tour/Senior PGA Tour World Golf Hall of Fame.

total of 39 players are listed as nominees for the Class of 2000, which will be inducted in ceremonies Nov.20, 2000, at the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla.A player must be named on 75 percent of the ballots from the 237-member voting body to gain entrance.

Here are the 39 players on the PGA Tour/Senior PGA Tour Hall of Fame ballot:

George Archer
Miller Barber
Tommy Bolt
Jack Burke Jr.
Bob Charles
Jim Colbert
John Cook
Fred Couples
Ben Crenshaw
Leo Diegel
Johnny Farrell
Doug Ford
David Frost
Al Geiberger
David Graham
Hubert Green
Don January
Tom Kite
Tony Lema
Willie MacFarlane
Harold McSpaden
Gil Morgan
Larry Nelson
Greg Norman
Mark O'Meara
Corey Pavin
Henry Picard
Johnny Revolta
Denny Shute
MacDonald Smith
Payne Stewart
Dave Stockton
Curtis Strange
Hal Sutton
Ken Venturi
Lanny Wadkins
Tom Weiskopf
Craig Wood
Fuzzy Zoeller

Couples won The Masters in 1992 and has victories in 14 PGA Tour events, although his play has been limited in recent years by back problems. He also has represented the United States in five Ryder Cups and three Presidents Cups.

Last weekend, Couples earned one of the biggest paychecks of his career by collecting a record $635,000 at the Skins Game.

Pavin has won 14 events, including the 1995 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, for his only major championship.He also has 10 international victories and has competed in three Ryder Cups and two Presidents Cups.

Frost, a South African, joined the PGA Tour full-time in 1985 and has captured 10 tournaments, 11 international titles and has played in two Presidents Cups.

Morgan won seven events on the PGA Tour but has established himself as one of the top players on the Senior Tour.He has won 15 events, including four majors, since joining the Senior Tour in 1996.

Couples, Pavin and Frost became eligible for the Hall of Fame by virtue of winning at least 10 PGA Tour events, reaching the age of 40 and being members of the PGA Tour at least 10 years.

Morgan became eligible by combining for at least 20 victories on the PGA and Senior tours.

Other notables already on the ballot include the late Payne Stewart, who was killed in a plane crash Oct. 25, former Masters champions Ben Crenshaw and Mark O'Meara, former U.S. Open champions Tom Kite, Curtis Strange and Fuzzy Zoeller, and former PGA Championship winner Hal Sutton.

The late Lloyd Mangrum was the only player elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame on the 1998 PGA Tour ballot. He was represented by his son, Robert, during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony at World Golf Village last March. Seve Ballesteros was inducted via the International Ballot and Amy Alcott through the LPGA Hall of Fame.

To qualify for the International ballot, a player must be at least 40 years old, not be eligible through the PGA Tour ballot or LPGA criteria, and have at least 50 points from a schedule based on international competition. The LPGA Hall of Fame requires a player to have been a member at least 10 years and accumulated a total of 27 points from a schedule of competitive achievement.

Nobody on the International ballot made the cut for the 2000 induction, while Beth Daniel and Juli Inkster will be the newest members from the LPGA.