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Meet the legendary Tony Jacklin at the Open Championship
February 2010

Official Open Championship Hospitality, in partnership with The R&A, have announced that former Open Champion Tony Jacklin CBE will be the Official Hospitality Ambassador.

As part of the celebration package to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of The Open at St Andrews in July 2010, official hospitality guests will be able to rub shoulders with the golfing legend and twice major champion Jacklin.

Tony Jacklin wins the 1969 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes

Jacklin revitalised British and ultimately European golf with his exceptional accomplishments. At the age of 25 in the summer of 1969, he became the first home player to win The Open Championship since Max Faulkner 18 years earlier. The following year he won the U.S. Open by an extraordinary 7 shots, making him the first British golfer to claim that title since 1925. Despite later European victories in the other three majors, Jacklin remains (as of 2009) the only European to win the US Open in the post World War II era.

As well as competing in seven Ryder Cups during the era of US domination of the event - when it was still played between the US and Great Britain & Ireland - he went on to captain Europe in four consecutive matches from 1983 to 1989, leading the team to their first victory for 28 years in 1985, and to their first ever victory on American soil in 1987.

He is recognised as the man who transformed golf in Europe, giving the talented young players of the day the inspiration and confidence they required to realise their full potential and become golfing household names capable of rivalling the top Americans.

Tony Jacklin commented “The Open is extremely special for me and I am delighted to be the Official Hospitality Ambassador at The Open Championship in this historic year. I look forward to welcoming you at The Open in July this year.”

Each day of the Championship, July 15–18, at lunch time Jacklin will arrive at the Clubhouse in the Hospitality Village to discuss the Championship’s progress and take questions.

The Official Open Championship Hospitality Village at Turnberry in 2009
for the 149th Open Championship

The Clubhouse is a premier package in the Hospitality Village, hosted in a specially designed, intimate club-style facility. Here guests can follow their favourite player on the links and then retire to the comfort and sanctuary of the Clubhouse, with informal areas for eating and relaxing throughout the day. They will get an opportunity to hear from Tony Jacklin, get his autograph and pose for pictures with the golfing legend.

Sumptuous food will be be available from the à la carte menu or the tapas style menu selection, inspired by Scotland's wealth of flavoursome produce and her long association with France, as the executive chef takes traditional dishes and serves them with a contemporary twist. A full wine list and a fully stocked bar will also be available.

The Clubhouse Package costs £460 per person, plus VAT. For further information about hospitality packages available at the 2010 Open Championship visit www.opengolfofficialhospitality.com

 








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