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PIONEERS OFTO WEAR GOLF JUSTIN ROSE: ‘I AM REALLY HAPPY FOR SERGIO. I WOULD LOVE THE GREEN JACKET, BUT IF IT WASN’T ME, I AM GLAD IT IS HIM’

TONY JACKLIN CBE A GOLFING ICON

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And who can forget seeing Rose, statuesque and dignified, giving Garcia the thumbs-up to acknowledge a great shot down the 18th? They made us proud, both of them.

‘We are good Garcia said afterwards: Anthony Jacklin CBE isfriends one golfer who will forever hold a special place in so we were very respectful of each other. We the hearts of the British golfing fraternity, and most likely in a much larger were cheering each other on. We wanted to audience beat the other guy,than not thethe otherBritish lose it.’ Isles. He emerged into the spotlight in the late 1960’s

at a time when European golf was in the doldrums, the Americans dominated Heartache every aspect of the game, and the Ryder Cup was a one sided event that ended in said: defeat & I team every two years. Then came the young man from Rose ‘I am for reallythe happyGB for Sergio. I would love to be wearing the Green Jacket This one’s for you, Seve: Garcia said it was ‘amazing’ to join his Spanish idols Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal as a Masters champion. Right, 2016 champion Danny Willett helps Garcia into the famous Green Jacket Scunthorpe, a young professional who had the courage to stand up to tough but if it wasn't me, I am glad it is him. He Aussie Shankland hasguy had his share ofBill heartache over the his boss and make his way to the world stage. years. We have been friends for a long time and playing golf against each other since we were 14 years old. ‘

The Ryder Cup brought Jacklin to legend status for the to be the story his undoubted talent deserved. He had long second time in his career, although he had played in seven recognised that the way forward was to concentrate his golf successive matches (he was bitterly disappointed when in the USA, top competition, top earnings and good weather. John Jacobs selected Mark James ahead of him in 1981) his He had won the Jacksonville Open the year before his Open ‘We will get up tomorrow and he will be success as Captain exceeded the expectations of the golfing victory, the first win by a Brit in American for over fifty years. happy for a month and then golf will take Added to that he simply liked the lifestyle. However his wishes world. He was asked to take the role for 1983, and only over; I will be unhappy for a month and golf accepted provided all his conditions were met. This included were to be deflected by his management company lead by will take over for me.’ having the best equipment, travel and supporting facilities for Mark McCormack, the dominant force of the era, it suited Rose, 36, held a two-shot lead with five the team. It also meant convincing Seve Ballesteros to play for his plans to have Jacklin representing his outfit in Europe, holes to go but lost when Garcia birdied the the team, something that only Jacklin could have achieved. regardless of the ambitions of his protégé. Jacklin was sent first extra hole on Sunday. • PORTSMOUTH’S Scott Gregory made • THIS year’s Masters was the last for thehis face the BBC’s Although heHazel did notIrving win in as 1983, sideofperformed well on tours of South America and other distractions that were the most of hisnot first Augusta golf coverage. enough to give notice of a wind on change. On return to the helping the cause. ‘I feel it is a tournament I can still do well in,’ experience. Tony finished well in the Open Championship the next two United Kingdom in 1985 he lead a team to victory at the said Rose. ‘It's a course you can get to know • 1970, Irvine,and above left, has stepped after 25 yearsHeasadded a golf andoneight Belfrydown to great celebration. to presenter that by winning years, 5th behind Jack Nicklaus in 3rd behind and be competitive here for a long, long time.’ • The 22-year-old secured his place years as the corporation’s lead anchor for sport, although she will remain American soil for the first time, defeating the US teamthe leadface Lee Trevino in 1971. He won early in the year in the United through victoryStates, in theand British Amateur of snooker and host major events such as the Olympics. by Jack Nicklaus at his own course Muirfield Village. When again in Europe, his season was going well, and Rose, who has finished tied second, 10th Championship , and had warmed up the match returned to the Belfry in 1989, the match was then came the disastrous events of 1972, when Trevino and now second in his last three Masters, with victory in the Georgia Cup over • rvine is handing over to Eilidh Barbour, above right, who joins a team that halved and the Ryder Cup retained. The most successful outrageously chipped in on three occasions. He was one shot US amateur champion Curtis Luck – was referring to 57-year-old American Fred includes Peter Alliss, Ken Brown and Andrew Cotter. She will make her debut at the He won their hearts by winning The Open Championship at behind Jacklin playing the 17th, the penultimate hole of the and by watching hours of YouTube Couples, winner of the Green Jacket in PGA Championship in May. Captain ever then gave up the role, saying simply that it was Royal Lytham & St Annes by two strokes from Newfootage Zealander time for a change. The end of a chapter that gave him pride Championship, he had missed the green and Jacklin was from previous Masters. 1992, who has had six top-20 finishes in his Bob Charles, with world stars Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus et a profound of accomplishment and wonfans him the safely on the putting surface, looking home and dry. With an last seven appearances. • Barbour has covered golf forand BBC Radio 5sense Live and is familiar to sports al trailing in his wake. It was the first home victory•after admiration of his the peers. almost shotwere his ball rolled as andawent into the TonyFocus, Scott’s rounds of 82casual and 75 reporter on hole, Football Final Score, Euro 2016 tournament and FA Cup eighteen years starved of added. success, since Max Faulkner had to was shell-shocked; lost the to holdthe BBC’s coverage of women’s football and women’s rugby. not enough avoid the cut but three he putted and ‘I felt in control all day,’ Rose games. Shechance also fronts won last attheRoyal in 1951. It was a invaluable rackedofup the Claretexposure Jug again.asInhe his own words, he was wounded by ‘Sometimes rub ofPortrush the green is for you andthe beginning works towardsthe qualification the golden period Tony, whogood wentputt on to States • Irvine said she wants to ‘re-align my on-air commitments around the changing sometimes it isn't.forI hit a really onwin 18 the United events of thatfor day. next Walker Cup squad later this year. Open the following June at Hazeltine needs of myinfamily’. in regulation and thought it was going in.National I see in Minneapolis, Although he continued to regularly win events Europe and myself having holder many more to come.’ to become of thechances two greatest championships in golf. the rest of the world, he was never the same again, and last He won his second major by a staggering margin of seven won in 1982, beating Bernhard Langer in a play-off for the shots ahead of Dave Hill. Sun Alliance PGA Championship, and eventually ended his

RORY: Green Jacket would have been good for the wedding! career and went to live in Southern Spain. He was the victim circumstance, and thealoss of hisJacket wife Vivien, RORY McILROY ofdreamed of winning Green that who he died McIlroy has also revealed he will make some equipment changes from a brain haemorrhage, was heart-breaking, and left him could wear at his forthcoming wedding. following the Masters - including playing with a different ball: ‘I at a low ebb. thought my golf ball this week was doing weird things in the wind, McIlroy, who has He justwas signed a new £89million deal with Nike, will resurrected from the trauma by meeting Astrid, very inconsistent. So there's one thing I will change and try to wed American fiancé Stoll, ain USPGA worker.moving to Florida, at the work on.’ who Erica he married 1988, before Talking through the differing stages and events of his career invitation of his friend Jack Nicklaus. Together they built The The deal with NikeJacklin, is for 10 and, as Nike has stopped making He secured another top ten finish at Augusta, so must wait again for Tony wasyears a fascinating experience. His sincerity Concession Course, as the result of an idea which Tony put to with clubs and balls, it lets McIlroy’s team negotiate with equipment a chance to win the one Major title eluding him as he seeks to shines through, his memory of events remarkable, his the owner of the complex, tracing back to the well published At theevident, moment, is using Callaway drivers become the first European to complete emotions andMcIlroy his commitment to whatever taskand he events of the Ryder Cupaincareer 1969,Grand when Slam. Jack conceded companies. irons, Titleist wedges and ball and a Scotty Cameron putter. was faced with obvious. The over-riding sense now is one a putt that meant the match was halved. An act of great McIlroy revealed that he had dreamed of standing at the wedding of contentment, he is happy with life, and is committed to sportsmanship, after which they became firm friends. Each would obviously the still world endorse theirround products. ceremony in one of the most famous jackets on the planet: ‘It would enjoying it, andlike he can getNo.2 that to little white ball a Ryder he was approaching have been nice toAfter walk his down the Cup aisleexploits, in the Green Jacket. Would I 50 yearsHowever, without a logo allowed on his Nike cap or clothes these golf course. of age. worked and prepared intensively go IfonMrthe PGA have done that? Oh yeah,He if the members would have allowedtome. could lead to complex arrangements. Michael Rees Seniors Tour andhave won allowed twice, inme. 1994 andvery 1995, but in his Payne (Augusta chairman) would We're excited. It should have been a logical progression after those two Penned after stopping meeting and talking with Tony CBE at It's a great time inown our words, lives and about over Nike said they were making equipment in Jacklin a competitive heit's hadalllost the that desire to the play,next andcouple finally decided wonderful events, but as Tony explained it did not turn out Nailcote Hall August of weeks and I'll come at the Players Championship refreshed and marketplace in which it only2017 managed to secure nine per cent share to callback it a day. a married man and start a new chapter in my life.’ despite the patronage of Tiger Woods and McIlroy.

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