Most Powerful People in Golf

1 of 10 Angus 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 10 Robert 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 10 Fred 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 10 Al 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 moral authority.
5 of 10 Simon 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 10 Ross 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 10 Michael 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 10 Damian Strohmeyer/SI
Wally Uihlein is the CEO of Acushnet, the parent company of Titleist.
9 of 10 Stuart 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 10 Robert 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?