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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 September, 2004, 22:54 GMT 23:54 UK
Europe's greatest Ryder Cup star?

Who is your greatest European Ryder Cup player?

SIX OF THE BEST

Colin Montgomerie has been crowned the BBC Sport website users' ultimate European Ryder Cup legend.

Throughout the 35th Ryder Cup we asked you to vote for your best player from one of six worthy contenders but the seven-time Cup veteran received 49% of the vote to beat Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros by a mile.

This year you have also crowned Jack Nicklaus as your king of the Masters and voted Tom Watson as your greatest Open champion.


Tony Jacklin
By Rob Hodgetts

JACKLIN'S JOURNEY
Tony Jacklin
Born: 7/8/1944, England
Ryder Cup appearances: 7 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1983 (capt.), 1985 (capt./winners), 1987 (capt./w), 1989 (capt.)
Ryder Cup record: Played 35, won 13, lost 14, halved 8
Points scoring ratio: 49%

Tony Jacklin was one of Europe's greatest post-war golfers and a household name after winning the 1969 Open and 1970 US Open but it is his feats as Ryder Cup captain that mark him out as a great.

Jacklin played in seven Ryder Cups from 1967 to 1979, amassing 17 points from 35 matches during an era of US domination.

Only the 1969 draw at Royal Birkdale could be considered close, and even the addition of European players in Jacklin's last Ryder Cup in 1979 was a 17-11 win to the US.

But Jacklin's golden years were yet to come.

He was appointed European captain for the 1983 event in Palm Beach and his first job, and arguably the most significant point of his whole Ryder Cup career, was to persuade Europe's top star Seve Ballesteros back onto the team after he had vowed never to play again.

The Spaniard had been in dispute with the European Tour over appearance money and was left out of the 1981 side after failing to qualify by right after spending most of his time in America.

TOP EUROPEAN POINTS SCORERS
25 Nick Faldo
24 Bernhard Langer
22.5 Seve Ballesteros
18.5 Colin Montgomerie
17.5 Jose Maria Olazabal
17 Tony Jacklin
16.5 Ian Woosnam

But with Ballesteros, the 1979 Open champion and 1980 Masters winner, on board and fired up, Europe closed to within one point of the Americans.

Two years later at The Belfry, Jacklin inspired Europe to finally beat the Americans for the first time since GB & Ireland won at Lindrick in 1957.

Jacklin remained at the helm for the 1987 matches against Jack Nicklaus' side at Muirfield Village and led Europe to their first ever victory on American soil.

Jacklin's reign continued in a winning vein when a 14-14 draw back at The Belfry in 1989 ensured Europe retained the Ryder Cup.

He made way for Bernard Gallacher to lead Europe to Kiawah Island in 1991, having rejuvenated the Ryder Cup as a competitive contest and helped boost its status to one of the most prized events in global sport.





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