Cool As Cotton
Henry Cotton was a three-time British Open champ, a three-time Ryder Cupper and the 1953 Ryder Cup captain. He was also the inspiration for a ball, the Dunlop 65, which was numbered in honor of his second-round score in the 1934 Open. Sir Henry was a stylish guy, a dapper dresser with a Mercedes and a black Rolls-Royce in his garage. He always kept cool on the course. At Muir field's 1st tee during the '48 Open, he was introduced to King George VI, the first monarch to attend the event. Cotton calmly banged his drive down the middle, birdied the hole and went on to shoot a course-record 66. His five-shot win over Fred Daly that week was his last significant victory. In retirement, playing casual golf on a course he designed on Portugal's Algarve Coast, Cotton grew less fashion conscious. As he played out his last days, he used his pet donkey as his caddie.