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The Tour Report

July 23 2012

4:07 PM

Els makes WGHOF history with win

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Ernie Els, shown here at his 2011 induction ceremony, was just the fourth World Golf Hall of Famer to win a major after his enshrinement.

By Opeyemi Akinbamidele, PGATOUR.COM

Ernie Els made history on Sunday when he won the British Open for the second time -- he became just the fourth player to win a major after being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Els joins Jack Nicklaus, who won six majors after his 1974 induction; Gary Player, who won two majors after his 1974 induction; and Lee Trevino, who won one major (the 1984 PGA Championship) after his 1981 induction.

The Hall of Fame is also updating all references to Els’ career; such as his bronze on the Wall of Champions in the Hall of Fame and his bio page on the WorldGolfHallofFame.org . Since Els' win, the World Golf Hall of Fame has been in contact with Els' representatives about some of the memorabilia from his Open win, which will be put on the museum floor as part of the History in the Making exhibit.

The best candidate for the next World Golf Hall of Famer to win a major? Four-time major winner Phil Mickelson, a 2012 inductee, is only 42. Even three-time major winner Vijay Singh, 49, a 2006 inductee, has several good years left.

For more about the World Golf Hall of Fame and the surrounding World Golf Village, click here.