CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. (AP) — Retief Goosen woke up in a hospital room, learning later that his body was blackened, bloodied and lifeless from a lightning strike on a tiny South African golf course.
Dennis Walters couldn’t feel anything below his waist and knew his dream of playing professional golf was over.
They were among five people inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in a Monday night ceremony that celebrated success, vision, leadership and a pair of remarkable comebacks.
“The lightning sparked something in me,” Goosen said with a wry smile.
Goosen, a two-time U.S. Open champion, and three-time LPGA major champion Jan Stephenson were selected through the competition category. Former Augusta National chairman Billy Payne, the late instructor Peggy Kirk Bell and Walters were chosen through the lifetime achievement category.
The induction is now every other year and coincides with big golf events — the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in this case — with hopes of getting more of the game’s dignitaries to attend. There were 28 Hall of Fame members in the audience, many of them U.S….