Legendary British Golfer
Tony Jacklin CBE was the most successful British Golf players of his generation, winning two major championships. He was also the most successful European Ryder Cup captain ever.
Tony’s brief but memorable brilliance revitalized British and ultimately European golf with his remarkable exploits. For four seasons – from 1969 to 1972 – there was no brighter star in golf’s firmament than Tony Jacklin. At the age of 26, he broke all performance records in the history of British golf. In doing so, he simply did for British golf what Arnold Palmer did for golf in America.
When Jacklin won the Open in 1969 and the US Open in 1970, he became a national celebrity. He was the first person to hold both titles simultaneously. Furthermore no British player had won the US Open in over 70 years. The son of a lorry driver Tony overcame the adversity of class prejudices to win eight events on the European Tour in the first decade since its inception as well as victories in America, South America, Australasia and South Africa
For these accomplishments and his role in breathing life back into the Ryder Cup, Jacklin was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame. Tony was successful on the International Ballot and received 66% of the 154 ballots that were returned by the International voting body. Jacklin joins Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, and Bernhard Langer as members who have been inducted via the International Ballot.
A wonderful golf speaker, Tony can deliver after dinner speeches about his time as one of the most prominent golfers in the most complex and intricate sports around. As part of his work as a golf speaker Tony calls on his experience playing some of the most challenging courses in the world, aside from inspiring his work as a sports speaker such experience has led to the development of his own golf course design brand. This brand combines both the creativity and challenge of course playing, bringing his golf player and sports speaker expertise to the fore to culminate in a complex and exciting range of courses and interesting business opportunities. Beyond acting as an after dinner speaker Tony is also an engaging event host and is available for hire as an auctioneer for charity functions and golf fundraising events.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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