Ballesteros at the 1991 British Open at Royal Birkdale.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The game will long remember Europe's leading light, a pioneering woman and a television innovator.

Seve Ballesteros 54
Ballesteros taught himself to play golf as a child by hitting rocks with a three-iron on the beach near his home in ­Pedrena, Spain, and became one of the greatest shotmakers in history. He won 70 titles worldwide, including two Masters and three British Opens, played on eight Ryder Cup teams and was the captain of the victorious European Ryder Cup team in 1997. He led the European tour money list five times.

* Feherty: Ballesteros made us feel good
* Bamberger: Seve made most of his time in America
* Patri: Saying goodbye to my personal friend
* Mahoney: Remembering time I met my hero
* Bamberger: Seve brought exuberance to the game
* Garrity: How it all began

Ted Forstmann 71
After playing goalie on the Yale hockey team, Forstmann made a fortune running a private equity firm. He forged a close friendship with Vijay Singh, whom his firm sponsored for many years. In 2004, Forstmann acquired IMG, the global sports, fashion and media business that represents hundreds of athletes, including golfers.

Betty Hicks 90
The 1941 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, Hicks cofounded the Women’s Professional Golf Association, the first professional golf ­association for women, in ’44. After retiring from LPGA competition in 1965, Hicks became a flight instructor and coordinated the aviation department at Foothill College in Los Altos, Calif., and coached the women’s golf team.

Frank Chirkinian, 1995
Bill Frakes / SI
Chirkinian working in the truck at Doral in 1995.

Frank Chirkinian 84

Bamberger: Chirkinian elected to World Golf Hall of Fame in emergency vote

Bruce Hamilton 59
Golf Magazine

Paul Harney 82

Maureen Garrett 88

Alex Hay 78
The Handbook of Golf

Dave Hill, 1988
Hill teeing off at La Costa in 1988.

Dave Hill 74

Joseph Lewis 103

Mason Rudolph 76

Cesar Sanudo 67

Billy Joe Patton 88

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