A very good year, 1957. It gave us classic versions of the Chevy Nomad and the T-Bird, Sputnik and Miles Ahead. It was also the most abundant year for spawning championship golfers. Born in 1957 were Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Price, Payne Stewart, Bernhard Langer, Mark O'Meara, Jeff Sluman and Wayne Grady. Among them, they have won 23 majors. Only the babies of 1912—Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead—came close to matching that number, combining for 21 majors. Nancy Lopez, who has won three LPGA majors, was also born in 1957. Here's an update on the class.
Birthday: July 18
Majors: 1987 British Open, 1989 Masters, 1990 Masters, 1990 British, 1992 British, 1996 Masters
Comment: The player who in 19 straight majors from 1988 through '92 never finished out of the top 20 is no more. Faldo's problems stem from horrible putting. He ranked 182nd in putting in '98 and is 149th this year. But because his drive hasn't diminished, he has a chance to recapture some of his past glory.
Birthday: April 9
Majors: 1979 British Open, 1980 Masters, 1983 Masters, 1984 British Open, 1988 British Open
Comment: Sadly, Seve, who last made a cut in a major at the 1996 Masters, has fallen off the world. His swing is a disaster, though his short game and putting are still world class. Seve has too much mental scar tissue to hold up in a major again. As a world-class player, he's done.
Birthday: Jan. 28
Majors: 1992 PGA Championship, 1994 British Open, 1994 PGA Championship
Comment: Still a perennial contender in the big ones, he has been sixth or better in four of the last eight majors. Price hits the ball as solidly as anyone, but he simply doesn't putt well enough to win. If he can lose his negative attitude on the greens, a la Vijay Singh, Price might have one more major in him.