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On the 13th April one of golf’s greatest players visited Palheiro Golf. Arriving on-board the MS Crystal Serenity, Tony Jacklin was accompanying a group of golfers from the Unites States.
Upon arriving at Palheiro he was full of praise about the course, the set up and the wonderful panoramic views which can be enjoyed from various points. Watching him tee off on the 1st hole Tony, at age 68, showed that he has still got it as his ball landed perfectly in the middle of the fairway. I did follow him for a few holes and it was a real pleasure watching him play, hitting shots that made the game look so easy, and bringing back memories of the good old days.
In 1969, he became the first British player to win The Open Championship for 18 years, winning by two strokes at Royal Lytham & St Annes. The following season he won his second major title, the U.S. Open by seven strokes. It was the only U.S. Open victory by a European player in an 84-year span (1926–2009). He also won eight events on the European Tour between its first season in 1972 and 1982, and his 1968 PGA Tour win at the Jacksonville Open Invitational was the first by a European player on the U.S. Tour since the 1920s; However, Jacklin may be best remembered for his involvement in the Ryder Cup. He was a playing member of the “Great Britain and Ireland” team in 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975 and 1977, and of the first European team in 1979.
He later served as the non-playing captain of Europe in four consecutive Ryder Cups from 1983 to 1989. He had a 2.5–1.5 won-loss record, captaining his men to their first victory for 28 years in 1985, and to their first ever victory in the United States in 1987. In 2002 he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He retired from tournament golf in 2004 at the age of sixty, having won a number of events at senior level.
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