• European Tour: 22
• British Open: 1969
Awards and Honors:
• 1973 European Tour money leader
• 7-time member, European Ryder Cup team
• Captain, European Ryder Cup team, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989
• Awarded the Order of the British Empire, 1970
• Awarded Commander of the British Empire, 1990
Tony Jacklin Biography:
Jacklin was born to a working class family and at one point was an apprentice steelmaker. But golf quickly became his focus. He won his first major junior tournament at 13 and by 17 had turned pro and begun working as an assistant pro.
He was rookie of the year on the British pro circuit (the precursor to the European Tour) in 1962. In 1964 Jacklin won his first pro event. By 1968 he was ready to take on the world.
Jacklin won the PGA Tour Jacksonville Open that year, becoming the first Briton to win on the PGA Tour (outside of majors). In 1969, he claimed the British Open and followed it up with a 7-shot win at the 1970 U.S. Open. At the British Open, he was the first Englishman to win since 1951; at the U.S. Open, the first Briton to win since 1920.
Jacklin's performance sparked a resurgence in golf in Great Britain, one that Jacklin would help culminate with his Ryder Cup captaincy in the 1980s.
Jacklin narrowly missed another Open Championship in 1972 when Lee Trevino's miraculous chip shot on the 71st hold propelled Trevino to the win. While Jacklin remained competitive in Europe, he never again challenged at a major.
The Ryder Cup is the other component of Jacklin's fame. In 1969, it was Jacklin who battled Jack Nicklaus to a tie in the final match, securing a tie for Great Britain & Ireland. Nicklaus famously conceded Jacklin's 3-foot putt on the final hole.
Jacklin captained four straight European teams beginning in 1983. In 1985, Europe won its first Ryder Cup since 1957; the following competition (1987), Europe won for the first time ever on U.S. soil.
Jacklin played briefly on the U.S. Senior Tour in the 1990s, and retired from tournament golf in 2004.