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.
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.
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.
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.
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.