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Ryder Cup opened by golf icons Tony Jacklin CBE and Jack Nicklaus

Thursday 29th September 2016 saw the 41st edition of the most famous trans-Atlantic golf match in the world, officially opened by CHampions of Golf's own golfing legend, Tony Jacklin CBE and his good friend Jack Nicklaus. This happy occasion was also an opportunity to celebrate the life of their late colleague, Arnold Palmer who passed away earlier this week.  Four-time Ryder Cup captain Tony and two-time Ryder Cup captain Jack fondly remembered that historic moment in Ryder Cup folk-law from 1969 when Jack conceded a putt to Tony at the last hole. Now known by golfing aficionados as ‘The Concession’, this amazing sporting gesture made the game level, with 16 points each for Great Britain and the USA.  Tony called Arnold Palmer "an inspiration to all of us" and Jack said “we dedicate these games to his honour". Jack said that Tony should be knighted for his services to golf. “The Ryder Cup wouldn’t be where it is today without Tony,” he said. “He took the Ryder Cup forward more than anybody else. It would be great to see Tony recognised by receiving a knighthood. Of all the people that I know, he has contributed more to golf in Great Britain than anyone else.” Sentiment that Champions of Golf acknowledge and whole-heartily agree with.  Taking part in the customary Past Captains match prior to the Opening Ceremony alongside friend Colin Montgomerie, Tony tasted more European success defeating Lanny Wadkins and Dave Stockton as Paul McGinley and Ian Woosnam inflicted further pain on the USA team by winning their match against Hal Sutton and Ben Crenshaw, giving the board a European blue whitewash.  Tony, who won three Ryder Cups, two Majors, the US Open and the Open, can be booked as a guest host or after dinner speaker though Champions of Golf on: +44 1509 85 29 27.