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Troon Golf Chair & CEO Dana Garmany Tops List Of Most Powerful People In Golf

Golf Inc. magazine recently released its '12 list of the most powerful people in the sport, and this year's ranking "reflects an industry that is seeing tepid improvement." The people who made the biggest movements this year "are the developers, buyers and operators who have money to invest." But the top of the list is "still dominated by operators and organization leaders," including Troon Golf Chair & CEO DANA GARMANY at No. 1 for the second consecutive year (GOLF INC., fall issue).

35 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN GOLF
RANK
NAME
1
Troon Golf Chair & CEO Dana Garmany
2
Nicklaus Cos. Chair Jack Nicklaus
3
ClubCorp President & CEO Eric Affeldt
4
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem
5
R&A CEO Peter Dawson
6
Trump Organization Chair Donald Trump
7
European Tour Chief Exec George O'Grady
8
Billy Casper Golf CEO & Chair Peter Hill
9
PGA of America CEO Joe Steranka
10
Gary Player Golf CEO Gary Player
11
Developer Mike Keiser
12
USGA Exec Dir Mike Davis
13
KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner & President Josh Lesnick
14
Century Golf Partners/Arnold Palmer Golf Management CEO Jim Hinckley
15
TaylorMade-adidas Golf CEO Mark King
16
China Golf Assoc. Vice Chair and Forward Management Group President Wang Jun
17
Fore Golf partners Charlie Staples, Tom Bennison and Mike Miraglia
18
Faldo Enterprises Chair Nick Faldo
19
World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona
20
Architect Gil Hanse
21
Acushnet Co. Chair & CEO Wally Uihlein
22
Mission Hills Group Chair Ken Chu and Vice Chair Tenniel Chu
23
Sequoia Golf Group President & CEO Joe Guerra
24
Golfer Tiger Woods
25
ClubLink Chair & CEO Rai Sahi
26
Great White Shark Enterprises Chair & CEO Greg Norman
27
Heritage Golf Group CEO Bob Husband
28
Coore & Crenshaw co-Founders Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw
29
Pacific Golf Management President Arihiro Kanda
30
Golfer Rory McIlroy
31
ISM Founder Chubby Chandler
32
Kohler Co. President & Chair Herb Kohler
33
Concert Golf Partners Managing Partner Peter Nanula
34
The National Golf Foundation President & CEO Joe Beditz
35
Arnold Palmer Design Co. President Arnold Palmer

THEIR PICKS: Golf Channel’s Damon Hack said the USGA's Davis is the “most influential leader in golf today” because he “rules with intelligence and humility. He’s respected across the board.” Golf Channel’s Gary Williams: “I think it's Mike Davis. He’s accessible. He’s changed the persona that most people have of the USGA. He’s willing to talk. He’s willing to listen.” Golf Channel’s Ryan Burr said, “It’s easy. It’s Tiger Woods. Tiger is the leader. When Tiger speaks, people listen. If Tiger wants something, he can get it done” (“Morning Drive,” Golf Channel, 11/6).
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