Mike Davis's rise to the top of the USGA gives him a lot of clout, but who swings the biggest stick in the world of golf? We put the question to our SI Golf Group experts, who awarded 10 points for first, nine for second, etc.
RANK / NAME / AGE / TITLE / POINTS / SKINNY
1. TIM FINCHEM, 63, PGA Tour commissioner, 86:
Finchem (right) has done a superb job shepherding the Tour through a devastating economic and political downturn. Will the magic continue during negotiations on the new TV contract?
2. TIGER WOODS, 35, player, 69:
Regardless of when it happens, the next time Tiger wins (and you know he will) it will be front-page news on every newspaper around the world. Love him or hate him, that's power.
3. BILLY PAYNE, 63, Augusta National chairman, 61:
Under his leadership Augusta National is not only maintaining the Masters as the best tournament on the schedule but also growing the club's influence as a builder of the game on a global scale.
4. JACK NICKLAUS, 71, course designer, 40:
Yes, the course-design business has ground to a halt in the U.S., but Nicklaus continues to build overseas. More important, he remains the game's moral authority.
5. MIKE DAVIS, 46, USGA executive director, 39:
The USGA's new leader earned his spurs putting a kinder, gentler face on the association's championship-course setups. How will such a down-to-earth guy navigate the politics of his position?
6. GEORGE O'GRADY, 62, European tour commissioner, 36:
It's great to be king of the tour that has the top four players in the World Ranking. A decade ago critics questioned the tour's far-flung schedule, calling it desperate. Now it looks like a stroke of genius.
7. TED FORSTMANN, 71, IMG chairman/CEO, 27:
He won't be on this list for long if there's anything to this alleged gambling scandal, but Forstman's IMG controls more golfers and more golf tournaments than any other company.
8. WALLY UIHLEIN, 60, Acushnet chairman/CEO, 22:
He runs FootJoy and Titleist, which controls the lucrative golf ball market, and Titleist's new line of clubs looks like a winner, too, setting him up for a nice equipment comeback story as well.