The Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship’s very own ambassador and host – and Ryder Cup legend – Tony Jacklin CBE officially opened the 41st Ryder Cup yesterday at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota, USA, alongside his old friend and rival Jack Nicklaus.
The two reminisced about that moment in Ryder Cup history from 1969 when Jack conceded a putt to Tony at the 18th, bringing Britain and the USA to 16 points each. That magnanimous gesture of sportsmanship is now known by all golfers as ‘The Concession’.
Four-time Ryder Cup captain Jacklin and two-time Ryder Cup captain Nicklaus also paid tribute to Arnold Palmer, who passed away earlier this week. Jacklin called him "an inspiration to all of us" and Nicklaus said “we dedicate these games to his honour".
Nicklaus also said of Jacklin: “The Ryder Cup wouldn’t be where it is today without Tony. He took the Ryder Cup forward more than anybody else. It would be great to see Tony recognised by receiving a knighthood. Of all the people that I know, he has contributed more to golf in Great Britain than anyone else.”