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World Golf Hall of Fame changes voting process, toughens induction criteria

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Tim Finchem speaks at the most recent World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2013.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) --- The World Golf Hall of Fame is changing the criteria, voting process and timing of player inductions.

No one has been elected this year while the criteria went through an overhaul. The next induction will be May 2015.

Officials have eliminated the PGA Tour and International ballots for men. Instead, the four categories will be for men, women, veterans and lifetime achievement. Active players must have 15 wins on major tours or two majors.

The biggest change is the voting. Instead of a panel of media, golf dignitaries and Hall of Fame member, a 16-person panel will do the voting. The majority of that panel is golf administrators, along with three golf writers and four Hall of Fame members. A 20-person panel will nominate potential inductees.

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