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Meet The Team

Having turned professional in 1962 Tony Jacklin CBE now has over 50 years’ experience of the world of golf – a world he has done so much to shape.
A British pioneer on the US circuit in the 1960s, he saw the professionalism of the game there and incorporated many of their methods to improve his golf.

Not only did this bring him personal success - notably in 1969 as the first Briton to win the Open Championship in 18 years and with his seven-stroke US Open victory a year later – but it enabled him to play a key role in revolutionising European golf as a whole during his highly successful, four-time Ryder Cup captaincy.

Tony’s course design philosophy centres on three themes. First and foremost, the game should be fun and be capable of bringing joy to all players. He wants more people to get involved in golf and, by making his courses enjoyable, he hopes to get as many people as possible hooked in the same he is.

Second, he is most definitely in the business of presenting players with a challenge. He sees the game as a puzzle to be solved as much as he sees it as a technical endeavour and his courses reflect this by asking questions of every level of golfer, from beginner to Tour pro.

It is also important for Tony that the courses he designs are sustainable on four fronts: playing performance, long-term economic viability, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. The first two are golfing matters primarily but he aims to ensure his courses are not high maintenance and, through clever drainage and water collection schemes, they largely self-irrigate.

In terms of social responsibility, Tony wants his courses to be inclusive and encourage people, particularly the young to take up the game. He has a proud record of incorporating Academy facilities into his designs and establishing scholarships that allow youngsters to enjoy the very best tuition and coaching.

Tony has a holistic view of golf and its future. His designs have aesthetic quality running through them and they are characterised equally by the challenges they present to players and the delight and satisfaction they bring.

Champions (UK) plc

Champions (UK) plc have enjoyed a long, multi-faceted and successful relationship with golf, the game that they love! The leading brand, event, public relations, marketing and celebrity management agency is also comprised of Champions of Golf, a management company dedicated to giving a full support service to professionals on major golf tours across the world.

Committed to nurturing the long term success of their players, they have built a strong reputation for supporting golfers at critical stages in their careers, such as when they are embarking on their debut seasons on the Challenge Tour, European Senior Tour or European Tour to breaking into and maintaining a standing in the world elite.

Working with their PR team, Champions of Golf actively work to secure the very best press coverage for their clients and play a key role in securing sponsorship and endorsement packages to combine their expertise and prestige with that of a range of high profile brands.

Their current clients include Tony Jacklin CBE, Paul Broadhurst, Peter Baker, Gary Wolstenholme and European Tour rookie Jason Palmer.

Champions (UK) plc have organised and promoted the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship at Nailcote Hall in Warwickshire since 2008 and guided its rise to now become one of the UK’s largest golf tournament. The agency’s close relationship with Tony Jacklin has seen the Ryder Cup legend host the event for seven consecutive years.

And it’s the same marketing expertise that will be the driving force behind any new course designed by Tony in future. At present Champions (UK) plc is leading the promotion of a wonderful long term project at Magnolia Park in Buckinghamshire where Tony has designed a new Championship Par 3 course, driving range and bespoke golfing academy.

Tony Jacklin Biography

Tony Jacklin CBE is a true pioneer of golf. The first Ryder Cup captain to lead a European Team to victory on American soil, Jacklin is the man who first saw the importance of a professional ‘Team Europe’ mentality and inspired decades of success. When you add that to his history-making achievements as a player, you realise Tony is a key figure in golfing history, doing for European golf what Arnold Palmer did for the game in the America.

After turning professional in 1962, Tony spectacularly won The Open Championship only seven years later, lifting the title at Lytham St Anne’s as the first British player to do so for 18 years. His next major triumph came less than one year later when, at a wind-swept Hazeltine National Golf Course, he won the U.S Open by an incredible seven strokes. As the first European to claim a U.S. Open victory in 84 years, Tony became the first player since Ben Hogan to hold the U.S. Open and Open Championship titles simultaneously.

Tony was a prolific champion across the globe, lifting titles in South Africa, America, South America and Australasia, including the Jacksonville Open Invitational in 1968, and was the first European to win on the U.S PGA Tour since the 1920s. In part due to Tony’s golfing achievements, the European Tour was established and, from its conception in 1972, Tony took eight titles in a ten year period and won the money list in 1973.

However, Tony is equally well regarded for his involvement in the Ryder Cup. Tony played in the original Great Britain and Ireland team six times and had the honour of representing the first European Team in 1979. Arguably the most memorable moment in Ryder Cup history came in 1969 as the sportsmanship that epitomises the careers of two great champions led to Tony and Jack Nicklaus’ involvement in ‘The Concession’.

Tony also went on to captain the European team on four occasions, lifting the trophy twice and successfully retaining it a third time. The victory in 1987 was truly historic as the first European victory ever on American soil. Following his retirement from professional tour golf, Tony has expanded his reputation as a master golf course designer through the operations of Jacklin Course Design.