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Jack Nicklaus Tops Golf Inc.'s Power List For Fifth Straight Year

GOLF INC. has selected Jack Nicklaus as the most powerful individual in golf for the fifth year in a row, according to their '08 "Most Powerful People in Golf" list. Individuals on the list were selected for "their ability to influence the development of courses and communities, the operation of courses, the equipment used by golfers and the rules and regulations of the game." Nicklaus tops the list again this year after opening 17 courses last year and an expected 20 in '08, with his services "in demand just as much in Dubai as in Dallas." Among those making a big jump on the list this year was Leisurecorp CEO David Spencer, who jumped eight spots due to the "increasing clout of the oil-rich Middle East emirates" (GOLF INC., 10/'08 issue).

'08 GOLF INC's MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE
RANK
'07 RANK
EXECUTIVE
1
1
Nicklaus Cos. Chair Jack Nicklaus
2
2
Troon Golf CEO Dana Garmany
3
3
ClubCorp President & CEO Eric Affeldt
4
5
Golfer Tiger Woods
5
4
KemperSports Chair Steve Lesnik, CEO Steve Skinner
6
7
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem
7
8
Billy Casper Golf CEO Peter Hill
8
7
PGA of America CEO Joe Steranka
9
16
Mission Hils Group Chair David Chu
10
18
Leisurecorp CEO David Spencer
11
11
Great White Shark Enterprises CEO Greg Norman
12
6
Century Golf Partners CEO Jim Hinckley
13
12
Gary Player Design/Black Knight Int'l CEO Gary Player
14
15
CNL Lifestyle Properties VP/Investments Rudy Anderson
15
14
Eagle Golf President Joe Munsch
16
NR
Augusta National Golf Club Chair Billy Payne
17
17
Acushnet CEO Wally Uihlein
18
19
TaylorMade-adidas Golf CEO Mark King
19
22
European PGA Tour Exec Dir George O'Grady
20
NR
Nick Faldo Golf Chair Nick Faldo
21
21
Heritage Golf Group CEO Bob Husband
22
20
Palmer Course Design Chair Arnold Palmer
23
29
World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona
24
23
American Golf Corp. CEO Tom Ferguson
25
24
Landscapes Unlimited Chair Bill Kubly
26
25
European Golf Course Owners Association President Marcel Welling
27
27
Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews Secretary Peter Dawson
28
26
USGA Exec Dir David Fay
29
10
Global Golf Advisors Principal Henry DeLozier
30
28
Callaway Golf CEO George Fellows
31
30
National Golf Foundation CEO Joe Beditz
32
34
The First Tee CEO Joe Louis Barrow
33
NR
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America CEO Mark Woodward
34
NR
Nike Golf President Cindy Davis
35
35
PGA of Australia CEO Max Garske
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