Tony Jacklin is quite simply a golfing legend and one of the greatest British golfers of all time. He revitalized British and ultimately European golf with his remarkable exploits.
For the 60s and 70s - 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.
For these accomplishments and his role in breathing life back into the Ryder Cup during his years as captain in the 1980s, Jacklin was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame. Jacklin 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.
"Every night, I've put my head on the pillow and wondered if my efforts are making a difference in this great game," said Jacklin after he learned of his election. "I now realize maybe they did."
He has become a powerful presence in the commentary box since retiring, including television appearances at The Ryder Cup and The Open Championship. Since retiring from playing professionally he has also turned his hand to design, launching a very successful design business and collaborating with Jack Nicklaus on The Concession Club in Florida, which is renowned as one of the greatest new courses in America.