Power Games: The 10 Most Powerful People in the Game of Golf
October 05, 2011
1 of 10Angus Murray
Mike Davis's rise to the top of the USGA gives him a lot
of clout, but who swings the biggest stick in the world of
golf? We put the question to our SI Golf Group experts,
who awarded 10 points for first, nine for second, etc.
10. Mark King, 51, TaylorMade CEO (15 points)
King long ago saw the need to dominate the driver
market, a move that has propelled the clubmaker to the top of an extremely competitive industry.
2 of 10Robert Beck/SI
Regardless of when it happens, the
next time Tiger wins (and you know he will) it will be front-page news on
every newspaper around the world. Love him or hate him, that's power.
3 of 10Fred Vuich/SI
Under his leadership Augusta National
is not only maintaining the Masters as the best tournament on the schedule but also growing the
club's influence as a builder of the game on a global scale.
4 of 10Al Tielemans/SI
Yes, the course-design business has ground to a
halt in the U.S., but Nicklaus continues to build overseas. More important, he remains the game's
5 of 10Simon Bruty/SI
The USGA's new leader earned his spurs
putting a kinder, gentler face on the association's championship-course setups. How will such a
down-to-earth guy navigate the politics of his position?
6 of 10Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images
It's great to be king of the tour
that has the top four players in the World Ranking. A decade ago critics questioned the tour's far-flung
schedule, calling it desperate. Now it looks like a stroke of genius.
7 of 10Michael Loccisano/Getty Images
He won't be on this list for long if there's
anything to this alleged gambling scandal, but Forstman's IMG controls more golfers and more golf
tournaments than any other company.(Forstmann, left, photographed with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg)
8 of 10Damian Strohmeyer/SI
He runs FootJoy and Titleist, which
controls the lucrative golf ball market, and Titleist's new line of clubs looks like a winner, too, setting
him up for a nice equipment comeback story as well.
9 of 10Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
Everyone says the growth of the game will come in South
America and Asia, and the Royal & Ancient governs the game everywhere outside the U.S. and
Mexico. Look for the R&A to flex its muscles as the Olympics approach.
10 of 10Robert Beck/SI
Finchem has done a superb job shepherding the Tour through a devastating economic
and political downturn. Will the magic continue during negotiations
on the new TV contract?
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