Two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw and Bernhard Langer among six inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
updated: February 25, 2007 09:28 IST
Two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw joined an elite group of players and one special teacher, as six of them were inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame during an emotional ceremony. "I can't believe I'm joining this Hall with so many people who have meant so much," said Crenshaw, who broke down before he could utter his first words. Few people have meant more to him than Harvey Penick, who first wrapped Crenshaw's tiny fingers around the grip of a cut-down mashie when he was a boy, and continued giving him lessons in golf and in life until Penick died a week before the 1995 Masters. Crenshaw was a pallbearer at the funeral, then returned to Augusta National and won his second green jacket. "I know as sure as I stand here, the Lord somehow was honouring him through me," Crenshaw said. Besides Crenshaw and Penick, the inductees were two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer of Germany; British Open and US Open champion Tony Jacklin of England; Tommy Bolt, who won a US Open and was renowned for his temper; and Marlene Hagge, a founder of the LPGA Tour. That brings membership in the Hall of Fame to 96. Langer is the third European star from his era to be inducted, following Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo. (AP)