The 2017 Power Rank­ing

From the CEO of Face­book to the founder of PXG, the all-new list­ing con­tains some new faces and some un­ex­pected changes. Richard Gillis is your guide to the 20 most pow­er­ful and in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in golf

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Power is an elu­sive qual­ity that comes in many guises, so any at­tempt to rank it will al­ways be con­tro­ver­sial. Our list is in­tended to pro­voke thought on who cur­rently yields sig­nif­i­cant in­flu­ence in the game and what this tells us about where the in­dus­try is head­ing. Golf is un­like other sports in that its im­pact ex­tends across mul­ti­ple busi­ness sec­tors, so our list re­flects that diver­sity. Fame is pow­er­ful, so the play­ers are rep­re­sented. The me­dia also dic­tates how and where we watch the game – a land­scape that is evolv­ing by the minute – so the big dogs of old and new me­dia fea­ture promi­nently here. The large equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers are cen­tral to the golf econ­omy, so they have a place, too, as do those who ad­min­is­ter the sport around the world and the ma­jor spon­sors who hold the prize money purse strings.

If there’s a sin­gle theme among the 20 names on our list, though, it’s how much change is tak­ing place at ev­ery level of the game. In a few years’ time, there’s a good chance that many of the names on this list will be miss­ing, as ev­i­denced by the mag­ni­tude to which this list changed from the in­au­gu­ral rank­ing in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

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