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Happy Couples dimisses HOF critics

Fred Couples entry into the World Golf Hall of Fame with a comparatively moderate total of 15 tour wins and one major, has met with criticism from some of his more successful peers - who see a lowering in criteria.

Even good friends are sticking this boot in as Raymond Floyd (a 1989 inductee) indirectly slated Couples' entry.

“I'll just say that you should have at least two majors,” Floyd said. “At least! Wow, there are guys in there that it's a joke. It takes integrity away from the term 'Hall of Fame.' I'm very upset at the Hall of Fame.”

Fellow Hall of Famer Nick Faldo, who can boast six major championships including three U.S. Masters, agreed with Floyd's assessment.

“I know you're voted to get in, but you've got to cross the line of two majors, 20 wins and you're 40 years old, so there's a few factual things about it, then you can be considered,” Faldo said. “In theory, if you've done your two majors and 20 wins, you don't need a committee.”

Along with Couples, his fellow 2013 inductee Colin Montgomerie too would not fit this criteria. A mainstay of the European Tour where he was dominant, Montgomerie has no majors or PGA Tour victories.

However Couples is ambivalent about the criticism thrown his way, comfortable with his legacy, and is just excited to be considered.

“If I was in the Hall of Fame already and I'd won one major or eight majors, I don't know what I would say if someone got in the Hall of Fame," Couples said. "But, obviously, I have one and I'm in, so I'm thrilled to death.”

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