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King win renews debate

Now that Betsy King finally has earned her way into the LPGA Hall of Fame, the association expects to make the criteria for getting there more realistic.

The change could happen within two years, outgoing LPGA commissioner Charles Mechem Jr. said, but the final decision is up to the players. And most of them say the requirements are outdated because the game has grown so much.

"In today's world, meeting the existing criteria is a virtual impossibility," Mechem said.

To gain entry, a player must post 30 victories, including two major tournaments; 35 victories with one major; or 40 with no major titles.

"I definitely feel they should change the standard," the 39-year-old King said. "I think the idea of having an objective criteria is good, but I believe it needs to be changed because of the number of good players.

"I believe you want to reward the best players from each era. I think it's unfairly slanted to the people who played on the tour a long time ago."

One possibility is establishing a system under which golfers get points for winning tournaments, leading the tour in prize money and being named player of the year.

King, who joined the tour in 1977, said the pressure to win one more haunted her during the 20-month drought before win No. 30.

Beth Daniel, who has 31 victories and one major title, said the standards were set when there were 40 or 50 players competing. The field for the ShopRite had 144 players.

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