Tony Jacklin was pivotal in the evolution of the Ryder Cup during his four stints as captain

  • Jacklin should have been knighted years ago for his contribution to British sport
  • Next year will see the 50th anniversary of his Open win at Royal Lytham
  • Luke Donald is trying some swing adjustments to help ease the strain on his back

In the House of Commons last week, the first steps were taken to correct a shocking sporting oversight.

In the aftermath of Europe’s recent Ryder Cup victory, Nic Dakin, Labour MP for Scunthorpe, highlighted the historic role played by arguably the town’s most famous son, Tony Jacklin, in the evolution of the contest and called for him to receive a knighthood.

It was good to see Dakin’s campaign receive enthusiastic backing from both the Speaker, John Bercow, and the Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom. This is certainly a cause that deserves cross-party support.

Tony Jacklin was pivotal in the evolution of the Ryder Cup during his four stints as captain
Tony Jacklin was pivotal in the evolution of the Ryder Cup during his four stints as captain

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