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Jacklin named European captain for UBS Cup

Tony Jacklin, Europe's most successful Ryder Cup captain, will take charge of the Rest of the World team to face the United States in the third veterans UBS Cup, the European Tour announced on Monday.

The 58-year-old Englishman, a former British and U.S. Open champion, has been appointed skipper in place of nine-times major winner Gary Player, who led the Rest of the World to defeat in the first two matches against the U.S.

The UBS Cup, a $3 million Ryder Cup-style match play event featuring two 12-man teams, will take place from November 21-23.

For the second year in a row, it will be staged at Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia.

"I am really looking forward to taking up the reins of captaincy once again," said Jacklin, who led the European Ryder Cup team four times between 1983 and 1989.

Under his captaincy, Europe lost to the U.S. by just one point in 1983 but won in 1985 and 1987 before the 1989 match was tied 14-14.

"Watching last year's Ryder Cup matches (won by Europe at The Belfry) certainly brought back some fantastic memories and, when I was approached for this job, I have to admit that I leapt at the chance," added Jacklin, a veteran of seven Ryder Cups as a player.

"The first two UBS Cups have been fantastic successes, apart from the results. With two U.S. wins so far, I am certainly hoping that I can reverse the trend."

Jacklin is one of Britain's greatest golfers and his victory in the 1969 British Open at Royal Lytham was the first by a Briton since Max Faulkner in 1951.

His U.S. Open triumph at Hazeltine the following year was the first by a Briton since Ted Ray in 1920 and has not been equalled by a European since.

Arnold Palmer captained the U.S. to victory by 12-1/2 points to 11-1/2 in the inaugural UBS Cup at Kiawah Island in 2001. He was again in charge last year when the U.S. retained the trophy at Sea Island with a comfortable 14-1/2 to 9-1/2 win.

Both teams comprise six players aged between 40 and 49 and six players aged 50 and over.

 

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