Anthony Jacklin CBE (born 7 July 1944) is an English golfer, who was the most successful British player of his generation, winning two major championships. He was also the most successful European Ryder Cup captain ever.

Early life and education

Jacklin was born in the North Lincolnshire town of Scunthorpe in 1944, the son of a truck driver. He attended Henderson Avenue Primary School in the town. He turned professional in 1962.

Playing career

In 1969, Jacklin became the first British player to win The Open Championship in 18 years, winning by two strokes at Royal Lytham & St Annes.[2] The following season he won his second major title, the U.S. Open by seven strokes on a windblown Hazeltine National Golf Club course.[3] It was the only U.S. Open victory by a European player in an 84-year span (1926–2009); Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell ended that streak in 2010.

Jacklin won eight events on the European Tour between its first season in 1972 and 1982. He also won tournaments in Europe prior to the European Tour era, and in the United States, South America, South Africa and Australasia. 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; Jacklin was the first British player since the 1940s and Henry Cotton to devote much of his effort to American Tour events.

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. Except for a tie in 1969, all of those teams were defeated. Jacklin was involved in one of the most memorable moments in Ryder Cup history at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in 1969. After his eagle putt on the 17th evened his match with Jack Nicklaus, Nicklaus conceded Jacklin's two-foot putt on the 18th, halving the match, and ending the Ryder Cup with a tied score. "The Concession" ended with the two golfers walking off the course with arms around each other's shoulders.[4] Jacklin and Nicklaus later co-designed a golf course in Florida called "The Concession" to commemorate the moment.[5]

Jacklin suffered a devastating near-miss in The Open Championship of 1972 at Muirfield. Tied for the lead with playing partner Lee Trevino playing the 71st hole, Jacklin had a straightforward 15-foot birdie putt on the par-5 hole, while Trevino was not yet on the green after four struggling strokes. But Trevino holed a difficult chip shot, and Jacklin took three putts, leaving him one shot behind. Trevino parred the final hole to win, but Jacklin bogeyed, finishing third behind Jack Nicklaus. Jacklin was just 28 years old at the time, but never seriously contended again in a major championship. In 2013, Jacklin said of his experience in the 1972 Open: "I was never the same again after that. I didn't ever get my head around it - it definitely knocked the stuffing out of me somehow."[6]

Jacklin 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 in 28 years in 1985, and to their first ever victory in the United States in 1987.

Jacklin was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002. He retired from tournament golf in 2004 at the age of sixty, having won a number of events at senior level. Jacklin has developed a golf course design business since his retirement from competition. He has designed numerous courses, including the 9-hole par 3 course of The St. Pierre Park Hotel in Guernsey.

Jacklin has been hearing impaired for over 25 years and wears a hearing aid device on both sides. He is a patron of the English Deaf Golf Association.[7]

He was a subject of the television programme This Is Your Life in February 1970 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews outside Buckingham Palace after receiving his OBE.

Personal life

Jacklin's first wife, Vivien, was from Belfast, Northern Ireland. The couple married in 1966, eleven months after their initial meeting at a Belfast hotel.[8] They had three children together: Bradley, Warren and Tina.

In 1971, Jacklin said that he received death threats from a caller who also threatened to bomb his wife's family home in Belfast. The caller said that Jacklin would be shot if he played in the Ulster Open, because his wife's family supported Ian Paisley.

Vivien Jacklin died suddenly of a brain haemorrhage in April 1988, aged 44.[8] In an interview in 2002, Jacklin said: "You can't understand the anguish of losing a spouse until it happens to you. I lost my will to live after my first wife died. I contemplated doing something very terrible to myself. Eventually I recovered."[10] Six weeks after his first wife's death, Jacklin met a 16-year-old waitress named Donna Methven at a golf tournament in England. Jacklin later said: "I was at my lowest ebb and Donna was a shoulder to cry on." They had a two-month affair which led to front-page headlines in British tabloid newspapers.[8]

In December 1988, Jacklin married his second wife, Astrid Waagen, a Norwegian woman.[8] They have a son called Sean, who is a golfer on the European Challenge Tour.[11] Jacklin is also stepfather to Waagen's two children, daughter Anna May and son A.J., from her previous marriage to former Bee Gees guitarist Alan Kendall.

Jacklin said in an interview in 1989 that he was barely on speaking terms with his mother. "To get along with people I have to like them. My mother and I don't get along. I don't share the belief that blood is thicker than water. She has tried to run my life long enough," Jacklin said.[8]

On 30 August 2013, Jacklin was revealed to be taking part in the eleventh series of the BBC1 Saturday night entertainment competition, Strictly Come Dancing. On 6 October 2013, he was the first celebrity to be eliminated from the show.[12]

Professional wins (30)

European Tour wins (8)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
126 Aug 1972Viyella PGA Championship−9 (71-72-68-68=279)3 strokes Peter Oosterhuis
221 Apr 1973Italian Open−4 (71-72-70-71=284)1 stroke Valentín Barrios
36 Oct 1973Dunlop Masters−12 (69-65-70-68=272)7 strokes Bob Charles
421 Jul 1974Scandinavian Enterprise Open−5 (70-65-69-75=279)11 strokes José Maria Cañizares
57 Jun 1976Kerrygold International Classic+2 (69-79-72-70=290)1 stroke Glenn Ralph
619 Aug 1979Braun German Open−7 (68-68-70-71=277)2 strokes Antonio Garrido, Lanny Wadkins
721 Jun 1981Billy Butlin Jersey Open−9 (71-68-72-68=279)1 stroke Bernhard Langer
831 May 1982Sun Alliance PGA Championship−4 (72-69-73-70=284)Playoff Bernhard Langer

European Tour playoff record (1–1)

11980Merseyside International Open Ian MoseyLost on first extra hole
21982Sun Alliance PGA Championship Bernhard LangerWon with birdie on first extra hole

PGA Tour wins (4)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
131 Mar 1968Jacksonville Open Invitational−15 (68-65-69-71=273)2 strokes Gardner Dickinson, Don January,
Chi-Chi Rodríguez, Doug Sanders,
DeWitt Weaver
212 Jul 1969The Open Championship^−4 (68-70-70-72=280)2 strokes Bob Charles
321 Jun 1970U.S. Open−7 (71-70-70-70=281)7 strokes Dave Hill
419 Mar 1972Greater Jacksonville Open−5 (70-71-74-68=283)Playoff John Jacobs

^The Open Championship was not a European Tour event because the European Tour was founded in 1972, retroactively classified as PGA Tour win in 2002.
Major championships are shown in bold.

PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

11970Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational Pete BrownLost to par on first extra hole
21972Greater Jacksonville Open John JacobsWon with par on first extra hole

Other wins (16)

Senior PGA Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
114 Aug 1994First of America Classic−8 (68-68=136)1 stroke Dave Stockton
23 Sep 1995Franklin Quest Championship−10 (72-67-67=206)1 stroke John Paul Cain, Simon Hobday, Rives McBee
Dave Stockton, Bruce Summerhays, Tom Weiskopf

Major championships

Wins (2)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
1969The Open Championship2 shot lead−4 (68-70-70-72=280)2 strokes Bob Charles
1970U.S. Open4 shot lead−7 (71-70-70-70=281)7 strokes Dave Hill

Results timeline

Masters TournamentT16T22CUT
U.S. OpenT25
The Open ChampionshipT30T25T305T181
PGA ChampionshipT25
Masters TournamentT12T36T27CUTCUTCUT
The Open Championship533T14T18T42T43CUTT24
PGA ChampionshipCUTT46T55
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open ChampionshipT32T23CUTT39CUTCUTCUTCUT
PGA Championship
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open ChampionshipCUTCUT
PGA Championship
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open ChampionshipCUTCUTCUT
PGA Championship
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.


TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament00000395
U.S. Open10001274
The Open Championship10255112817
PGA Championship00000143
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (1963 Open Championship - 1968 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1970 US Open – 1970 Open Championship)

Team appearances

See also