Fred Couples was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
The former Masters champion was elected with a record-low 51 percent on the PGA Tour ballot. The minimum for election is 65 percent, but there is a clause that states when no one gets the minimum, the leading vote-getter will be elected so long as that person gets at least 50 percent.
"I don't know exactly the full criteria of becoming a Hall of Famer, but there are certainly some unbelievable ones," Couples said at Wednesday's press conference. "The call I got from [PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem] last week was truly an honor, and I appreciate it."
A 15-time winner on the PGA Tour, he won the Masters in 1992 and captured two Players Championship titles in 1984 and 1996. He played in the Ryder Cup five times and the Presidents Cup four times and will be the captain of the American squad at next year's Presidents Cup for a third time.
The 52-year-old, who will also be an assistant captain for Davis Love III at next week's Ryder Cup, was ranked No. 1 in the world for four months during 1992.
The selections from the International, Veteran's and Lifetime Achievement ballots will be announced later to round out the 2013 class and they will all be inducted on May 6 during The Players Championship in St. Augustine, Florida.