Tony Jacklin has often been credited with reviving the Ryder Cup by captaining Team Europe to victories in the 1980s. Jacklin’s career in golf and his incredible personal story as been captured in a new book.
We just wanted to share the news of a recent book release on the remarkable story of two-time major champion Tony Jacklin.
Written by Jacklin and Tony Jimenez, ‘Tony Jacklin: My Ryder Cup Journey’ chronicles not just his impact on the golf course as a two-time major winner and two-time winning Ryder Cup captain, but his incredible story off of it.
Jacklin won the 1969 Open Championship, the 1970 US Open and was involved in one of the most memorable acts of sportsmanship during his match against Jack Nicklaus at the 1969 Ryder Cup. Interestingly, Nicklaus would later help get Jacklin out of a financial mess.
The new release touches on all these aspects of Jacklin’s on-course success but includes a host of stories that have never previously been made public including losing the will to live after his first wife suffered a brain haemorrhage and died at the wheel of her car in 1988 and the infamous affair six weeks later with a 16-year-old waitress which became a front page splash on The Sun.
Testimonials in the book from Jack Nicklaus, Sir Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Sam Torrance, Ian Woosnam and others, all credit Tony with transforming the Ryder Cup from a non-event into one of the biggest showpiece occasions in world sport.