Dustin Johnson has said Tiger Woods made golf “cool” and believes the 15-time major champion is a worthy entry into the sport’s Golf World Hall of Fame.
Woods will attend a ceremony at the PGA Tour’s headquarters in Florida on Wednesday night, where the 46-year old will be inducted alongside former PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, four-time major winner Susie Maxwell and renowned course architect Marion Hollins.
The former world No 1 has won 82 times on the PGA Tour in his career to date, with victory at the 2019 Zozo Championship pulling him level with Sam Snead in the all-time rankings, while Johnson has hailed the impact that Woods has had on the sport.
“I think he [Tiger] obviously was huge for the game of golf and deserves to be in the Hall of Fame,” Johnson said in his pre-tournament press conference ahead of The Players, live this week on Sky Sports’ dedicated Players Championship channel.
“For me growing up as a kid, even when I was in high school, golf was still kind of not really considered a cool sport to play. Maybe not that many people played it, and especially in high school you kind of were a dork if you played golf.
“But Tiger made it actually a cool sport to play. For me it was huge. Obviously at that time it was when he was in his prime, so watching him, everybody wanted to be like Tiger for sure. He was a huge part of me playing golf and wanting to get out on Tour and play against him.”