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THE LIVES THEY LED

Dec. 12, 2011
Dec. 12, 2011

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Dec. 12, 2011

LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
  • How big was Tiger's victory at the Chevron? Can Luke Donald hang on to No. 1? Who's most likely to become the top American? How do the major venues rate, and who will win the four championships?

  • Great majors, a new No. 1, LPGA dominance, an old school fight for the money title and the rediscovery of a vintage track too tough to die made 2011 a terrific year in golf

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

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR / SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR, 1981
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR, 1976
  • A couple of recent divorces have dusted up the Girl Next Door, but as always she will never sit back and accept defeat

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR, 1982
  • A man can gather plenty of insight on the road from boy wonder to senior statesman for the sport he loves

PRO FOOTBALL
  • The Patriots' defense, built from spare parts, castoffs and converted receivers, ranks dead last in the NFL, and yet New England is once again cruising to the playoffs. The real test is yet to come

SPECIAL REPORT
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
BASEBALL
  • In 136 major league seasons, there's never been a more dizzyingly dramatic day than Sept. 28, 2011. The Red Sox and the Braves may disagree, but for everyone else it's a date that will live in ecstasy

PRO HOCKEY
  • With the club slumping and captain Alex Ovechkin seemingly checked out, the Capitals dumped their coach. Now one of the NHL's superstars isn't just struggling to rediscover his game, but he's also trying to shed an ugly label

  • The NHL's coaching carousel began to go 'round in earnest last week, with three jobs turning over in a four-day stretch. Besides the departure of Bruce Boudreau and the arrival of Dale Hunter in Washington, D.C., here's the lowdown on what went wrong and what to expect from here on in

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
WALTER IOOSS JR.
Departments

THE LIVES THEY LED

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

SEVE BALLESTEROS54

This is an article from the Dec. 12, 2011 issue

Ballesteros (above) 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.

TED FORSTMANN71

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 HICKS90

The 1941 U.S. Women's Amateur champion, Hicks (right) 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 CHIRKINIAN84

Known as the father of televised golf, Chirkinian produced the Masters for CBS from 1959 until 1996. Overall he brought the game to life on TV with his inventive techniques, including showing as many shots as possible, placing microphones around the course and putting cameras in blimps and trees.

BRUCE HAMILTON59

Captain of the Loyola Marymount golf team from 1969 through '73, Hamilton (right) became the head professional at Las Posas Country Club in '75. In 1997 he became head pro at Spanish Hills Country Club. Formerly a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, Hamilton was the longtime coach of 1995 U.S. Open champion Corey Pavin.

PAUL HARNEY82

A six-time winner on the PGA Tour, Harney also had six top 10 finishes in major championships, including a fourth at the 1963 U.S. Open. After his playing career, Harney became a teacher and was the PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 1974. He is a member of the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame.

MAUREEN GARRETT88

A prominent figure in British golf, Garrett became the first non-American woman to receive the USGA's Bob Jones Award in 1983. In 1948 she won the French Women's Amateur and competed as a member of Great Britain and Ireland's Curtis Cup team. Garrett returned to the Curtis Cup in 1960 as captain.

ALEX HAY78

Regarded by many as the voice of golf, Hay served as a BBC commentator from 1978 through 2004 and called all the majors with broadcast partner Peter Alliss. Hay also served as a referee and observer for the Ryder Cup from 1973 through '77. He wrote several books, including the 1985 best seller The Handbook of Golf.

JOSEPH LEWIS103

Lewis joined the PGA of America in 1931 and at his death was the longest serving and oldest member as well as the first person to reach 80 years of membership. He won the Philadelphia Open in 1942 and '50.

MASON RUDOLPH(76)

Rudolph won the 1950 U.S. Junior and later played for 23 years on the PGA Tour, winning five times, but was best known for his consistency. He made the cut in 409 of 430 career starts.

CESAR SANUDO67

The 1966 Mexican Amateur champion, Sanudo played on the PGA Tour from the late '60s through the early '80s, winning the '70 Azalea Open. Later he taught at the Coronado (Calif.) Golf Course.

DAVE HILL74

Hill (below) won 13 PGA Tour titles, six times on the Champions tour and played on three Ryder Cup teams. His younger brother, Mike, also played on the PGA and Champions tours.

BILLY JOE PATTON88

Patton finished third in the 1954 Masters as an amateur and later worked as a rules official at the tournament. He was a member of five Walker Cup teams and captained the U.S. team in 1969. In 1982 he received the USGA's Bob Jones Award.

GOLF PLUS will next appear in the Jan. 16, 2012, issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.

PHOTOSIMON BRUTY/GETTY IMAGES (BALLESTEROS)PHOTOROBERT BECK (FORSTMANN)PHOTOBETTMANN/CORBIS (HICKS)PHOTOBOB ATKINS (HAMILTON)PHOTOSTAN BADZ/PGA/GETTY IMAGES (RUDOLPH)PHOTODAVID H. SCHREIBER (HILL)