Tiger highlights new golf hall of fame class exhibit

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The class of 2022 inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame will include competitors Tiger Woods and Susie Maxwell Berning and contributors Tim Finchem and Marion Hollins.

However, before they are officially announced prior to THE PLAYERS in March 2022, fans will be able to bask in the glory and accomplishments that made all four worthy of selection with an exhibit currently on display at the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Woods is the most well-known name of the bunch, as he remains an active player on the PGA Tour and has done a lot over the years to develop a following beyond fans of golf.

 However, Berning is a three-time U.S. Women’s Open champion, including winning back-to-back victories in 1972 and 1973.

Finchem served as PGA Tour commissioner from 1994 to 2016 and became the face of golf from a leadership point of view during his two-plus decades in the role.

After winning the 1921 U.S. Women’s Amateur, Hollins went on to be a pioneer for women’s golf.

The inductee exhibit is open to the public and will remain that way in the months leading up to the ceremony.

Memorabilia from each inductee is featured as part of the showcase, including trophies, golf clubs used and unique things, such as Finchem’s cap and gown he received as part of his honorary degree from University College Dublin in Ireland.

According to Caryn Wiggins, senior manager of programs and events with the World Golf Hall of Fame, telling the stories of who the four inductees are was a major focus when creating the exhibit.

“We want to get to know them as people and not just golfers,” Wiggins said. “We try to highlight that.”

Some of the other unique things are hand-written notes that Berning wrote during her playing days in the 1970s and the shirt Woods wore during the final round of his first Masters victory in 1997.

A lot of time went into gathering the items on display and many times it came down to choosing certain items over others.

“We always contact our new inductees and one of the first things we talk about is what they want to have on display here at the hall of fame,” Wiggins said. “We kind of put together a wish list of items we would love to have if they are willing to lend us those items. Generally, people are very gracious.”

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