Lydia Ko now stands one point away from qualifying for the LPGA Hall of Fame. She’d be the 35th member of the LPGA Hall, nine of which are honorary members. Only 25 players have met the Hall’s requirements.
The LPGA Hall remains one of the most exclusive in all of sports. Players must reach 27 points to get in: (one point for each regular LPGA victory; two for a major win; one point each for the LPGA Rolex Player of the Year and Vare Trophy awards; and one point for an Olympic gold medal).
In addition to having 27 points, players must also either win an LPGA major, Vare Trophy or Player of the Year honors.
The 27-point threshold was actually lowered in the late 1990s when it looked like some of the greatest to ever play the game weren’t going to get in under the old system that required 30 LPGA victories with two major championships, or 35 with one major, or 40 with no majors.
Even so, there are a number of players even hard-core fans might be surprised aren’t in the LPGA Hall, though many are in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Here’s a list of 10 decorated players still on the outside looking in:
Laura Davies has accumulated 25 points in her illustrious career with 20 LPGA titles, including four majors. She also earned a point for being the 1996 LPGA Player of the Year. Davies was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2015.
Mallon, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2017, won 18 times on the LPGA, including four majors. She has a total of 22 LPGA Hall of Fame points.
The fiery Dottie Pepper, a Solheim Cup stalwart, won 17 times on the LPGA, including two majors. She won both the LPGA Player of the Year and Vare Trophy in 1992.
A 27-time winner on the LPGA, Blalock has the points required to enter…