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Curtis Strange & Hubert Green voted into Hall of Fame

Former major champions Curtis Strange and Hubert Green have been voted on to the World Golf Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2007.

The two Americans, whose elections were announced on Wednesday during a news conference in Savannah, Georgia, will be inducted on November12 at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida.

Former U.S. Ryder Cup captain Strange, whose career tally of 17 PGA Tour titles included successive U.S. Opens in 1988 and 1989, was elected on the PGA Tour ballot.

Green, winner of the 1977 U.S. Open and 1985 PGA Championship and also four titles on the seniors Champions Tour, was chosen in the veterans' category by the World Golf Foundation (WGF) board of directors selection committee.

"It's a tremendous honor to be elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame and just a wonderful feeling that you're included with some of the greats of the game," Strange, 52, said at the Savannah Harbor Resort and Spa.

"We practice, we play; we play, we practice. We don't ever sit back and reflect on what we've done or what you hope to do.

"This is quite overwhelming," added the Virginian, who became the first player to win consecutive U.S. Opens since compatriot Ben Hogan, in 1951.

Green, who triumphed 19 times on the PGA Tour in a 26-year career, said: "To be involved in this organization is the pinnacle of life. I'm not sure if I qualify or not, but they're letting me in now."

Green, 60, famously won the 1977 U.S. Open at Southern Hills by a stroke over fellow American Lou Graham after playing the last four holes knowing he was under a death threat.

"We had three options," he recalled. "We could stop play, clear the course and I could play without a gallery. We could come out the next day and finish up with detectors and everybody who came in would be secure.

"Or we could continue play and they would be watching galleries. They had some undercover police officers.

"I said: 'Let's play. I can't be more nervous than I am right now. Let's get it over with.' I had a policeman walking with us on the fairway. It was the first time I had ever seen that."

Further announcements are expected for the World Golf Hall of Fame's 2007 class of inductees later this year.

South Korea's Pak Se Ri will qualify when she celebrates a decade on the LPGA Tour by competing in her 10th event this season.

The World Golf Hall of Fame's voting body comprises Hall of Fame members, golf writers and historians, the WGF board of directors and members of the Hall of Fame's advisory board.


April 18, 2007

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