First Nancy Lopez … now Tony Jacklin. This coming-out-of-retirement thing seems to be catching on.
Tony Jacklin, one of the best and most popular of the British golfers of the 1960s and 1970s, will play the British Open this year at age 62.
Jacklin won the 1969 Open Championship, becoming the first British player to do so in 18 years. He won the US Open in 1970—the first and only by a British player since 1920. He also won eight events on the then-fledgling European Tour, as well as events in Europe, South America, Africa and Australia.
Jacklin’s biggest claim to fame, however, was as a playing member of a series of losing European Ryder Cup teams, and the Captain of the 1985 European team, which racked up the first Euro victory in 28 years.
Jacklin was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002.