Keeping Up With 1970 U.S. Open
Winner Tony Jacklin
April 5, 2005
In the modern era, only Tiger Woods won
the U.S. Open by more strokes than Tony Jacklin. The Englishman
and 1969 British Open champion led from the start at Hazeltine
National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., in 1970, and finally won
by seven strokes over American Dave Hill.
Jacklin, who is the last European player to win
the U.S. Open, stopped playing competitively after 1982 - apart
from a short spell on the Champions Tour - whereupon he shaped
himself a Ryder Cup legend, captaining the European side four
times, winning twice and retaining the Cup via a tie once.
Jacklin and his wife Astrid moved to the U.S.
in the early 1990s and today make their home on Florida's
Gulf Coast. Jacklin is currently collaborating on a golf course
design outside Sarasota with Jack Nicklaus, named "The
Concession," after the moment in the 1969 Ryder Cup when
Nicklaus sportingly gave Jacklin a putt that tied the match
He still returns to Minnesota occasionally -
he's an honorary member at Hazeltine (site of the 2006 U.S.
Amateur) - and always looks up a local named Tom Murphy, who as
an 18-year-old in 1970 carried the bag of a champion.
Story written by Alan Bastable of Golf Magazine