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Tony Jacklin is one of the most successful British golfers of all time with twenty-seven tournament wins under his soon-to-be sequinned belt and is the most successful European Ryder Cup captain ever. His is a well-earned place in the World Golf Hall of Fame!
I’m at the time of my life when I thought why not! I love music and I do think I’ve got a sense of rhythm. Now it’s very close I just want to get stuck into itTony Jacklin
Born to a truck driver father and raised in Scunthorpe, Tony picked up his first club at nine years-old acting as a caddie for his dad. Quickly abandoning a stint as a trainee steelworker, Tony turned pro aged 17 and has never looked back.
In 1967, at the beginning of a long line of historical career moments, Tony hit the first ever televised hole-in-one in Britain. The following year, he became the first European player to win the PGA Tour since 1920 and then went on to win the US Open in 1970. Becoming the first player since Ben Hogan in the 1950s to hold both the US Open and British Open titles simultaneously, he was awarded an OBE.
Tony has an unbeaten track record as a Ryder Cup player and has been the Ryder Cup Captain an incredible four times, taking the European team to its first victory in 28 years in 1985.
In his fourth consecutive role as Ryder Cup Captain, the European team successfully retained the cup for the first time in history making him the most successful Ryder Cup captain ever. Let’s hope Tony can add another trophy to his cabinet by winning Strictly... although by the sounds of it, we’re not sure if he’ll have room!
Tony lives in Florida and is married with six grown-up children. Since retiring from golf, his passion for the sport has continued, and he now designs courses around the world.
As long as Tony doesn’t get a four from Len, Bruno, Craig and Darcey he should find his form on the Strictly dance floor.