Els has won three majors—the 1994 and '97 U.S. Open and the 2002 British Open—and was ranked No. 1 in the world for nine weeks. A generation has envied his velvety swing, which has produced 64 victories worldwide. Els fell agonizingly short of a historic 2004, losing the Masters on a 72nd-hole birdie by Phil Mickelson and a British Open playoff to Todd Hamilton. The year wasn't a total loss, though. Els's 2004 Stellenbosch wine is recognized in the book 1001 Wines You Must Taste Before You Die.
BIRTHPLACE: West Haven, Conn.
Ford won two majors, 19 PGA Tour events and played on four U.S. Ryder Cup teams. He is the oldest living Masters champion. The winner of the 1955 PGA Championship, he was inducted into the PGA of America Hall of Fame in '78. A short-game wizard who never backed down from a challenge or a bet, Ford suggested that mediocre putters shoot pool to improve their stroke and feel. He credits billiards and imagination for sharpening his game on and around the greens.
DIED: Sept. 27, 1977, at age 93
BIRTHPLACE: St. Andrews
Hutchinson won the 1920 PGA Championship and the 1921 British Open at St. Andrews. He's the last St. Andrews--born player to win the Open at the Old Course. Hutchinson won the inaugural Senior PGA Championship at Augusta National Golf Club in '37. Ten years later he won it again at PGA National in Dunedin, Fla. In '63, Hutchinson and Fred McLeod became the first players to serve as honorary starters at the Masters. They played all 18 holes.