British and European golf fans rather take for granted that their players regularly win major tournaments on both sides of the Atlantic.
But back in English golfer Tony Jacklin's day, domestic winners of the big events were rarer than a smiling and relaxed Tiger Woods at a press conference.
Jacklin was easily the best British player of his generation, courtesy of his victories at The Open Championship in 1969 and at the US Open the following year.
His Open win at Lytham & St Annes was the first by a home golfer in 18 years. His seven-stroke win at Hazeltine in 1970 was the first by a British golfer...ever - and 40 years passed before Graeme McDowell won it for the Brits again.
In the Ryder Cup, Jacklin toiled in inferior teams, losing all but one of seven attempts. The exception was the tied event in 1969 when his opponent in the singles, Jack Nicklaus, conceded Jacklin's two-foot putt for a half that left the final score in both their game and the overall match tied. It was a remarkable act of sportsmanship on Nicklaus's part which couldn't have happened to a nicer man than Jacklin.
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