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Tony Jacklin
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameAnthony Jacklin
Born(1944-07-07) 7 July 1944 (age 69)
Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality England
ResidenceBradenton, Florida, U.S.
SpouseVivien (m. 1966, d. 1988)
Astrid (m. 1988)
ChildrenBradley, Warren, Tina, Anna May, A.J., Sean
Career
Turned professional1962
Retired2004
Former tour(s)European Tour
European Seniors Tour
PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins28
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour4
European Tour8
Champions Tour2
Other14
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 2)
Masters TournamentT12: 1970
U.S. OpenWon: 1970
The Open ChampionshipWon: 1969
PGA ChampionshipT25: 1969
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2002 (member page)
Commander of the
Order of the
British Empire
1990
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
1963
 
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Tony Jacklin
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameAnthony Jacklin
Born(1944-07-07) 7 July 1944 (age 69)
Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality England
ResidenceBradenton, Florida, U.S.
SpouseVivien (m. 1966, d. 1988)
Astrid (m. 1988)
ChildrenBradley, Warren, Tina, Anna May, A.J., Sean
Career
Turned professional1962
Retired2004
Former tour(s)European Tour
European Seniors Tour
PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins28
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour4
European Tour8
Champions Tour2
Other14
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 2)
Masters TournamentT12: 1970
U.S. OpenWon: 1970
The Open ChampionshipWon: 1969
PGA ChampionshipT25: 1969
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2002 (member page)
Commander of the
Order of the
British Empire
1990
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
1963

Anthony Jacklin CBE (born 7 July 1944) is an English golfer, who was the most successful British player of his generation, winning two major championships. He was also the most successful European Ryder Cup captain ever.

Early life and education[edit]

Jacklin was born in the North Lincolnshire town of Scunthorpe in 1944, the son of a truck driver. He attended Henderson Avenue Primary School in the town. He turned professional in 1962.

Playing career[edit]

In 1969, Jacklin became the first British player to win The Open Championship for 18 years, winning by two strokes at Royal Lytham & St Annes.[1] The following season he won his second major title, the U.S. Open by seven strokes on a windblown Hazeltine National Golf Club course.[2] It was the only U.S. Open victory by a European player in an 84-year span (1926–2009); Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell ended that streak in 2010.

Jacklin won eight events on the European Tour between its first season in 1972 and 1982. He also won tournaments in Europe prior to the European Tour era, and in the United States, South America, South Africa and Australasia. His 1968 PGA Tour win at the Jacksonville Open Invitational was the first by a European player on the U.S. Tour since the 1920s; Jacklin was the first British player since the 1940s and Henry Cotton to devote much of his effort to American Tour events.

However, Jacklin may be best remembered for his involvement in the Ryder Cup. He was a playing member of the "Great Britain and Ireland" team in 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975 and 1977, and of the first European team in 1979. Except for a tie in 1969, all of those teams were defeated. Jacklin was involved in one of the most memorable moments in Ryder Cup history at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in 1969. After his eagle putt on the 17th evened his match with Jack Nicklaus, Nicklaus conceded Jacklin's two-foot putt on the 18th, halving the match, and ending the Ryder Cup with a tied score. "The Concession" ended with the two golfers walking off the course with arms around each other's shoulders.[3] Jacklin and Nicklaus later co-designed a golf course in Florida called "The Concession" to commemorate the moment.[4]

Jacklin suffered a devastating near-miss in The Open Championship of 1972 at Muirfield. Tied for the lead with playing partner Lee Trevino playing the 71st hole, Jacklin had a straightforward 15-foot birdie putt on the par-5 hole, while Trevino was not yet on the green after four struggling strokes. But Trevino holed a difficult chip shot, and Jacklin took three putts, leaving him one shot behind. Trevino parred the final hole to win, but Jacklin bogeyed, finishing third behind Jack Nicklaus. Jacklin was just 28 years old at the time, but never seriously contended again in a major championship.[5] In 2013, Jacklin said of his experience in the 1972 Open: "I was never the same again after that. I didn't ever get my head around it - it definitely knocked the stuffing out of me somehow."[6]

Jacklin served as the non-playing captain of Europe in four consecutive Ryder Cups from 1983 to 1989. He had a 2.5–1.5 won-loss record, captaining his men to their first victory for 28 years in 1985, and to their first ever victory in the United States in 1987.

Jacklin was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002. He retired from tournament golf in 2004 at the age of sixty, having won a number of events at senior level. Jacklin has developed a golf course design business since his retirement from competition. He has designed numerous courses, including the 9-hole par 3 course of The St. Pierre Park Hotel in Guernsey.

Jacklin was presented with the Golf Foundation’s "Spirit of Golf Award" during the 2008 Open Championship to recognize his inspiration and contribution for youngsters to take up the game of golf.[citation needed]

Jacklin has been hearing impaired for over 25 years and wears a hearing aid device on both sides. He is a patron of the English Deaf Golf Association.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Jacklin's first wife, Vivien, was from Belfast, Northern Ireland. The couple married in 1966, eleven months after their initial meeting at a Belfast hotel.[8] They had three children together: Bradley, Warren and Tina.

In 1971, Jacklin said that he received death threats from a caller who also threatened to bomb his wife's family home in Belfast. The caller said that Jacklin would be shot if he played in the Ulster Open, because his wife's family supported Ian Paisley.[9]

Vivien Jacklin died suddenly of a brain haemorrhage in April 1988, aged 44.[8] In an interview in 2002, Jacklin said: "You can't understand the anguish of losing a spouse until it happens to you. I lost my will to live after my first wife died. I contemplated doing something very terrible to myself. Eventually I recovered."[10] Six weeks after his first wife's death, Jacklin met a 16-year-old waitress named Donna Methven at a golf tournament in England. Jacklin later said: "I was at my lowest ebb and Donna was a shoulder to cry on." They had a two-month affair which led to front-page headlines in British tabloid newspapers.[8]

In December 1988, Jacklin married his second wife, Astrid Waagen, a Norwegian woman.[8] They have a son called Sean, who is a golfer on the European Challenge Tour.[11] Jacklin is also stepfather to Waagen's two children, daughter Anna May and son A.J., from her previous marriage to former Bee Gees guitarist Alan Kendall.

Jacklin said in an interview in 1989 that he was barely on speaking terms with his mother. "To get along with people I have to like them. My mother and I don't get along. I don't share the belief that blood is thicker than water. She has tried to run my life long enough," Jacklin said.[8]

On 30 August 2013, Jacklin was revealed to be taking part in the eleventh series of the BBC1 Saturday night entertainment competition, Strictly Come Dancing. On 6 October 2013, he was the first celebrity to be eliminated from the show.[12]

Professional wins (28)[edit]

European Tour wins (8)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
126 Aug 1972Viyella PGA Championship−9 (71-72-68-68=279)3 strokesEngland Peter Oosterhuis
221 Apr 1973Italian Open−4 (71-72-70-71=284)1 strokeSpain Valentin Barrios
36 Oct 1973Dunlop Masters−12 (69-65-70-68=272)7 strokesNew Zealand Bob Charles
421 Jul 1974Scandinavian Enterprise Open−5 (70-65-69-75=279)11 strokesSpain José Maria Cañizares
57 Jun 1976Kerrygold International Classic+2 (69-79-72-70=290)1 strokeEngland Glenn Ralph
619 Aug 1979Braun German Open−7 (68-68-70-71=277)2 strokesSpain Antonio Garrido, United States Lanny Wadkins
721 Jun 1981Billy Butlin Jersey Open−9 (71-68-72-68=279)1 strokeWest Germany Bernhard Langer
831 May 1982Sun Alliance PGA Championship−4 (72-69-73-70=284)PlayoffWest Germany Bernhard Langer

PGA Tour wins (4)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
131 Mar 1968Jacksonville Open Invitational−15 (68-65-69-71=273)2 strokesUnited States Gardner Dickinson, United States Don January,
United States Chi-Chi Rodríguez, United States Doug Sanders,
United States DeWitt Weaver
212 Jul 1969The Open Championship^−4 (68-70-70-72=280)2 strokesNew Zealand Bob Charles
321 Jun 1970U.S. Open−7 (71-70-70-70=281)7 strokesUnited States Dave Hill
419 Mar 1972Greater Jacksonville Open−5 (70-71-74-68=283)PlayoffUnited States John Jacobs

^The Open Championship was not a European Tour event because the European Tour was founded in 1972, retroactively classified as PGA Tour win in 2002.
Major championships are shown in bold.

Other wins (14)[edit]

Senior PGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
114 Aug 1994First of America Classic−8 (68-68=136)1 strokeUnited States Dave Stockton
23 Sep 1995Franklin Quest Championship−10 (72-67-67=206)1 strokeUnited States John Paul Cain, South Africa Simon Hobday, United States Rives McBee
United States Dave Stockton, United States Bruce Summerhays, United States Tom Weiskopf

Major championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
1969The Open Championship2 shot lead−4 (68-70-70-72=280)2 strokesNew Zealand Bob Charles
1970U.S. Open4 shot lead−7 (71-70-70-70=281)7 strokesUnited States Dave Hill

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament1963196419651966196719681969
Masters TournamentDNPDNPDNPDNPT16T22CUT
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPT25
The Open ChampionshipT30DNPT25T305T181
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPT25
Tournament1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
Masters TournamentT12T36T27CUTCUTCUTDNPDNPDNPDNP
U.S. Open1CUTT40T52CUTCUTDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open Championship533T14T18DNPT42T43CUTT24
PGA ChampionshipCUTDNPDNPT46T55DNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Tournament1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
Masters TournamentDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipT32T23CUTT39CUTCUTDNPDNPCUTCUT
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Tournament1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
Masters TournamentDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPCUT
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Tournament20002001200220032004200520062007
Masters TournamentDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPCUTDNPDNPDNPCUTDNPCUT
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament00000395
U.S. Open10001274
The Open Championship10255112817
PGA Championship00000143
Totals20256174829

Team appearances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1969 Tony Jacklin". The Open. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Spander, Art (13 August 2002). "Jacklin played it straight to conquer Hazeltine". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tony Jacklin – Bio – The Concession". Retrieved 11 October 2012. [dead link]
  4. ^ O'Connor, Ian (2008). Arnie & Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Golf's Greatest Rivalry. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-618-75446-5. 
  5. ^ Finegan, James W. (2010). Scotland: Where Golf is Great. New York: Artisan Books. p. 246. ISBN 978-1-57965-428-3. 
  6. ^ Hodgetss, Rob. "The Open 2013: Jacklin's agony, Faldo's ecstasy at Muirfield". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Victor, Colin (5 October 2012). "Jacklin named as deaf golf patron". Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d e Reilly, Rick (18 September 1989). "Captain Marvel: Golfer Tony Jacklin, whose life has been a roller coaster, is riding high again as leader of Europe's Ryder Cup team". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Jacklin, Wife Plagued by Death Threats". Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). UPI. 20 May 1971. pp. 2–3. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Yocom, Guy (September 2002). "My Shot: Tony Jacklin – A jolly good fellow and four-time Ryder Cup captain on bad dreams, lightning and the truth about porridge". Golf Digest. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Jacklin following in father's footsteps". PGA European Tour. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Tony Jacklin admits he was 'petrified'". The Telegraph. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 

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