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Tony Jacklin to speak at Open Championship Sportsman's Dinner
February 2010

1969 Open Champion Tony Jacklin will be the Official Hospitality Ambassador and guest speaker at this year's Open Championship Sportsman's Dinner on the 14th July 2010, Official Open Championship Hospitality, in partnership with The R&A, have revealed.

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 meet and listen to 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.

Tony Jacklin commented: "I am proud to be the Official Hospitality Ambassador at The Open Championship in this historic year. The Open is extremely special for me and I am delighted that the level of services for the anniversary year is of an exceptional quality and look forward to welcoming you at The Open in July."

The celebrations will begin on Wednesday 14 July, the eve of the 2010 Championship, when past Open Champions will play four holes on the Old Course - the 1st, 2nd, 17th and 18th - to mark the 150th Anniversary of golf's oldest major. An invitation has been extended to all 32 living Open Champions and the first group will tee-off around 4pm. Official Open Hospitality guests will be able to watch and walk the course with them.

The winners of the Challenge, which will be broadcast by the BBC, will receive prize money to donate to a charity of their choice.

At 6:15 pm guests will retire for a champagne and canapé reception followed by the four-course, sit-down Sportsman's Dinner accompanied by fine wines. BBC sports commentator John Inverdale, who will host the evening, will introduce former champion Tony Jacklin as the guest speaker to make the evening even more special than ever. Guests at the dinner will take home an exclusive 150th Anniversary gift to mark this commemorative year.

"The Open Champions Challenge in 2000 was a great success and we expect it to be so again a decade on in 2010," said David Hill, R&A Director of Championships. "We hope that the majority of our former Champions will accept the invitation and join us in St Andrews to help commemorate this very special occasion."

The Sportsman's Dinner costs £299 per person, plus VAT. For further information about hospitality packages available at the 2010 Open Championship visit


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