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Tony Jacklin CBE

Career Highlights

Major Victories:

  • 1969 British Open Championship
  • 1970 U.S. Open Championship

European Tour Victories:

  • 1982 Sun Alliance Championship
  • 1981 Billy Butlin Jersey Open
  • 1979 Braun German Open
  • 1976 Kerrygolf International Classic
  • 1974 Scandinavia Enterprise Open
  • 1973 Dunlop Masters
  • 1973 Italian Open
  • 1972 Viyella PGA Championship

PGA Victories:

  • 1972 Greater Jacksonville Open
  • 1968 Jacksonville Open Invitational

Senior PGA Tour Victories:

  • 1995 Franklin Quest Championship
  • 1994 First of America Classic

Ryder Cup Victories (as captain):

  • 1985
  • 1987
  • 1989 (retained trophy after a tied result)


  • 7 Ryder Cup appearances as a player
  • 2002 Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame
  • 1990 Became Commander of the British Empire (CBE)
  • 1963 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year

One of golf's most famous faces, Tony Jacklin CBE is arguably the father of modern golf.  Having achieved a number of impressive tour wins, most memorably claiming and retaining the Ryder Cup on three occaisons, his great influence on the contemporary golfing world continues to be felt.

With several moments in his career that have truly made golfing history, the icon of the sport continues to be recognised for his great contribution to golf.  He became the first Briton to win on the PGA tour, claiming victory at the 1968 Jacksonville Open and was the first since Ben Hogan to hold both European and US Open titles simultaneously.

His friendship and sporting rivalry with all time golfing great Jack Nicklaus is legendary, and the amazing culmination of the 1969 Ryder Cup, simply known as 'The Concession' saw Nicklaus concede to Jacklin after his incredible 50 foot eagle putt on the 17th hole.  The golfer's actions lead to the first tied result of the Ryder Cup and is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest acts of sportsmanship.

Returning to the Ryder Cup some years later as non-playing Captain, Jacklin truly revolutionsed the competition and masterminded the reinvention of the internationally renowned golf tournament.  After years of US dominance, Jacklin assembled a new European team and reclaimed the Cup in 1985, staying on as Captain until 1989 and retaining the Cup throughout his captaincy. 

Having won eight times on the European Tour, Jacklin has seen more professional victories than many of his contemporaries and was admitted to the Golf Hall of Fame in 2002.   He joined Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer as well as many other greats of the sport, recognising his incredible contribution to the sport as a whole.

For many, Jacklin really is the embodiment of modern golf and all that the game represents.  He continues to influence the golfing world and his course design group has created some of the most interesting and challenging courses all over the world.

Jacklin continues to play in a number of international tournaments, including the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship at the West Midlands’ Nailcote Hall, where he is also the events ambassador.

Tony Jacklin CBE is available for After Dinner Speaking, Golf Days, Events and Personal Appearances