Tony Jacklin, the 1972 PGA Champion, was back out wielding his trusty putter on a Wentworth green again on Wednesday 21st, helping French pro, Thomas Levet, launch the 60th Anniversary Mega Putt Challenge to mark the tournament’s sixtieth edition.
As final preparations were made for the BMW PGA Championship and as fans gathered in anticipation at the course, the former Open and US Open winner kicked off the challenge in aid of the tournament’s official charity, Challengers. Jacklin and Levet had three attempts each at holing a 60 foot putt on the modular green, a replica of the first hole on the West Course, but alas neither managed to sink their shots.
The Challenge is open to Championship spectators, who pay £5 for three putts, with all proceeds going to the Surrey based charity. Challengers works hard in the community to provide disabled children with exciting play and leisure activities at their centres in Guildford and Farnham and through a number of schemes across Surrey and Hampshire.
Tony felt honoured to support the charity, saying “I think it’s wonderful. A lot of people are not as well off as we are, physically, and any way we can help them makes me very happy. It’s a pleasure to bring some attention towards such a worthy cause. I hope lots of people have a go and that lots of people hole their putts - it’s a tough one!”
All those fortunate enough to hole a putt will go into a daily draw for a Scotty Cameron putter but all participants will be entered into a prize draw at the end of the tournament and stand to win a set of Titleist irons.