Architect Pete Dye among 6 inducted to golf Hall of Fame

The 17th Hole at TPC Sawgrass
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The 17th Hole at TPC Sawgrass, a Pete Dye design, is one of the most famous holes in the world.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — Pete Dye, who designed more than 120 courses with risk-and-reward options that brought pleasure to some and frustration to most, was among six people inducted Monday night into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

The 2008 class featured an amateur, an architect and an author, along with three major champions.

Craig Wood was the only player elected through the PGA Tour ballot. Wood, the first player to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year and the first to lose all four majors in extra holes, received the minimum 65 percent of the vote.

Three-time major champion Denny Shute and Bob Charles, the first left-hander to win a major, got in through the Veteran's category.

Carole Semple Thompson, an amateur who won seven USGA championship and took part in 14 Curtis Cup matches; and Herbert Warren Wind, the writer who famously described a three-hole stretch at Augusta National as "Amen Corner," were selected through the Lifetime Achievement category.

They brought membership in the Hall of Fame to 126.

Dye, selected through the Lifetime Achievement category, dismissed his career as digging up other people's property, but he shaped it into courses that held major championships, Ryder Cups and PGA Tour events. He became the fourth Hall of Famer whose primary occupation was a golf course architect.

He started with a nine-hole course near Indianapolis and turned that into a design business that produced more than 120 courses that have hosted major championships, Ryder Cups and PGA Tour stops — Kiawah Island, Whistling Straits and Oak Tree among them.

"He has been a designer who has really tested us," said Greg Norman, who introduced Dye. "Pete has the ability to make you remember every shot you played."

His courses were often described as "Dye-abolical" for the severe punishment of missed shots, none more famous than the island green on the par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass.

His highest praise?

"Still coming," he said. "Hasn't gotten there yet."

And his worst criticism? The list is too long, which might be a compliment in itself.

"I've got a million of them," Dye said. "I'm the only person in the world to build a golf course and have all the PGA professionals condemn the golf course."

That would be TPC Sawgrass, which Dye built from a swamp in northeast Florida. It has staged The Players Championship since 1982, and with an island green and television coverage, it has become one of the most well-known courses in the world.

Dye didn't start work until 1960, long after the careers of Wood and Shute.

In some respects, Wood was the Greg Norman of his era with a career remembered as much for his two majors as some of his heartbreaking defeats. Wood, who died in 1968, won 21 times on the PGA Tour, including consecutive majors in 1941 when he captured the Masters and U.S. Open.

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