WELSHMAN Ian Woosnam has threatened to walk away from golf after being snubbed once again for the golf hall of fame, writes Michael Pearlman.

The former US Masters champion, world number one and Ryder Cup winning player and captain wasn’t even considered for the 2015 class, which will induct Laura Davies, Mark O’Meara, David Graham and the course architect, the late A.W Tillinghast, the designer of Winged Foot and Bethpage, among other US courses.

Woosnam, who won the Dutch Seniors Open as recently as this month, didn’t even try and hide his disappointment , tweeting: “After seeing the results of the golf world hall of fame, I think it’s time to say goodbye to golf and retire.”

Woosnam’s omission is all the more surprising considering virtually every one of his rivals from his pomp – and it should be reiterated Woosnam was world number one for a time and better than all of them – but Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Sir Nick Faldo and Sandy Lyle are already in the hall of fame, as is Colin Montgomerie, even though he never won a major championship.

Woosnam’s win in the Dutch Seniors Open earlier this month took the 56-year-old's tally of career victories to 51, making it all the more baffling that he’s again been overlooked as one of the all-time greats of golf.