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Tony Jacklin 1944 -
Tony Jacklin.

Tony Jacklin has been an inspiration to young golfers since the 1960s.

He shot to fame in 1970 when he became the first British player to win the US Open in more than 70 years.

Tony Jacklin in full swing


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Bullet point. Tony Jacklin has a rose named after him - it is an orange/red colour and has a mild scent
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Bullet point. When Tony won the US Open in 1970 he had seven shots to spare


Born on 7th July, 1944 in Scunthorpe, Tony Jacklin came from a working class family. He trained as a steel worker, but it was evident from an early age that his real passion was for golf.

He played at lunchtimes and in the evening and was spotted at the golf club by a local solicitor who offered him a job. This was a fantastic offer as the company allowed him to take every afternoon off to practice his golf.

Tony Jacklin.
Tony Jacklin at the PGA Champoinship

In 1962 Jacklin turned professional and seven years later won the Open - the first British player to win in 18 years. In itself this was a fantastic achievement, but the following year he won the US Open and became the first player to hold both titles at the same time.

Tony was the first Briton to win the US Open for over 70 years. He gained a place in the heart of the nation and also an O.B.E. for his efforts.

For many however, Jacklin's ultimate achievement was still to come. In 1985 he captained the team that brought the Ryder Cup back to Europe after a 28 year absence. Two years later he led the Europeans to victory again, this time on American soil - a first for the European team.

Tony now lives in the United States where he competes in the US Seniors Tour as well as spending time on some of his other hobbies which include hunting, fishing and marquetry.

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