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Two-time major champions David Graham and Mark O'Meara, renowned course designer A.W. Tillinghast and legendary Laura Davies and are the members of the 2015 World Golf Hall of Fame. Here are some of their career highlights, and a look at some of the notable snubs from this year's HOF class.
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O'Meara enjoyed a breakout 1998 season that included two major victories. The first came at Augusta National, where he made a 20-foot putt on the 18th green to secure his first major by a shot over David Duval and Fred Couples.
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O'Meara slipped into his green jacket with some help from from 1997 champion Tiger Woods.
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O'Meara followed his Masters triumph with a victory in the British Open at Royal Birkdale. He won the championship in a playoff by two shots over Brian Watts.
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O'Meara was a member of the victorious 1991 "War on the Shore" Ryder Cup team at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, where he celebrated with Payne Stewart, captain Dave Stockton and Corey Pavin.
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Before becoming one of the great Golden Age golf course designers, Tillinghast took golf lessons from Old Tom Morris and was a nationally ranked amateur player. As Golf Magazine's Travelin' Joe Passov puts it: "'Tillie the Terror,' as he was known ... is likely best known for his artistically sculpted, shrewdly placed bunkers. He is also known for his clever green contouring — and for producing courses embraced by the United States Golf Association for its national championships."
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One of those courses is the West Course at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, N.Y, which has hosted five U.S. Opens. The most recent was 2006 when Geoff Ogilvy held off Phil Mickelson, who double-bogeyed the 18th hole in the final round. The championship will return to Winged Foot in 2020.
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It's been bulked up by a pair of Rees Jones redesigns, but Tillinghast deserves the lion's share of the credit for the Bethpage State Park Black Course in Farmington, N.Y. It's where Tiger Woods (left) edged Phil Mickelson for the 2002 U.S. Open title and Lucas Glover won in 2009. It's set to host the 2019 PGA Championship and 2024 Ryder Cup.
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Davies earned her spot in the hall of fame with 84 victories around the world. She's won four majors, including the 1987 U.S. Women's Open.
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Known as one of the longest hitters in the women's game, Davies holds the record for most matches played in the Solheim Cup with 46 and is tied with Annika Sorenstam for most victories at the event with 22.
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Davies is a longtime soccer fan and played in this charity match at the Evian Masters. She reportedly carried a miniature television in her bag during a victory in the 1996 Evian to keep up with England's national team.
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Graham became the first Australian to win the U.S. Open in 1981 when he shot a final-round 67, good for a three-shot victory over George Burns and Bill Rogers at Merion.
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Graham's triumph earned him a spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
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Graham's first major victory came in the 1979 PGA Championship at Oakland Hills. Graham double-bogeyed the 18th hole, still shot 65, and won a sudden-death playoff over Ben Crenshaw at the third hole.
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One of the players who didn't make the hall is Ian Woosnam, who landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated after capturing the 1991 Masters, his lone major victory. Beginning with the Class of 2015, the Hall of Fame changed its criteria for male competitors: "A player must have a cumulative total of 15 or more official victories on any of the original members of the International Federation of PGA Tours (PGA TOUR, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Sunshine Tour, Asian Tour and PGA of Australasia) OR at least two victories among the following events: The Masters, The Players Championship, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship." Woosnam is credited with 29 European Tour victories.
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Woosnam (far left) was a member of the victorious 1985 European Ryder Cup team at the Belfry in England, where he celebrated with Howard Clark, Seve Ballesteros, captain Tony Jacklin, Sam Torrance, Paul Way and Bernhard Langer.
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