‘I don’t know what Pádraig could have done differently’ – Tony Jacklin’s view on the recent Ryder Cup

Tony Jacklin was, by his admission, financially “wiped out” in the middle of the 1990s. It happened through being a Lloyd’s name, where he fell victim, along with fellow Britons Henry Cooper, Virginia Wade and James Hunt, to a disastrous downturn in the insurer’s fortunes.

his was the winner of two Major championships who, almost single-handedly, had transformed the Ryder Cup from a largely non-competitive showcase for transatlantic talent into a brand currently rated bigger in golf than the European Tour. That’s how Ryder Cup director Guy Kinnings assessed it in conversation with the former European captain.

One of sport’s great survivors, Jacklin was at Whistling Straits last month to observe a European side, led by Pádraig Harrington, get roundly outplayed by the host nation. With typical candour, he talked of an outcome he didn’t anticipate.

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