Arguably the powerhouse behind European Golf, Tony Jacklin CBE was responsible for engineering the greatest sporting revolution of the 20th century.
At just 25 years old, the Lincolnshire-born golfer broke new ground at the British Open, shortly followed by a landmark US Open victory at Hazeltine in 1970. A new sporting icon for the golden age of golf had arrived, cementing his place in the sport’s history. Tony continued his momentous run of form by playing a crucial part in Great Britain and Ireland’s campaign at the 1970 Ryder Cup and the ‘Concession’ between Tony and Jack Nicklaus has become the stuff of legends. Later that year, he achieved a record victory at the US Open where he became the first British man to win the title in nearly five decades. In an event traditionally dominated by US golfers, Tony won the title by the widest margin of any competitor in 50 years.
His incredible career has seen him become a hugely popular celebrity figure and he is credited with carving out a new era of golfing success in Britain and the rest of Europe. His dedication and passion for the sport played a huge part in the establishment of the European Tour and it continues to be the premier circuit for top European golfers, developing talent and forging a strong legacy in the process. From 1983-1989, Jacklin captained the European Ryder Cup team four times. During this period, he became the most successful Ryder Cup captain in history, guiding the European team to their first victory on home soil in 28 years in 1985 and their first ever victory in the US in 1987.
Today, Tony continues to inspire young golfers with his professionalism and enthusiasm for the sport. He makes countless appearances across global media, designs some of the world’s very best courses, visiting and hosting a number of annual competitions. The son of a lorry driver in Scunthorpe, Tony overcame the elitist nature that golf was in the 60’s. Having an incredible number of knock backs in his life, Tony has fought many hurdles throughout the years to succeed in whatever he does, making his life story truly inspirational and motivating.
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