Date: Mon 16 Jan 2017

John Jacobs OBE: Ryder Cup Golfer and Captain, Legendary Golf Coach, Founder of the European Tour and Golf Course Architect, dies aged 91

It is with great sadness that the EIGCA has learned today of the passing of John Jacobs OBE at the age of 91.

John Jacobs

Having played in the 1955 Ryder Cup Jacobs went on to captain the side twice most notably in 1979 when European players competed for the first time.

He served as the Tour’s director general from 1971 to 1975.

Known for his legendary coaching skills John Jacobs has influenced so many with his methods, best-selling books and videos, his worldwide coaching schools and television series. He revolutionized coaching through his philosophies based on ball flight, clubface alignment and swing path – He was so advanced with his coaching thoughts.

Jacobs was also a skilled golf course architect with courses such as The Edinburgh Course at Wentworth (with Gary Player & Bernard Gallacher), The Buckinghamshire and Playa Las Americas in Tenerife to his name. His understanding of the way people played golf, his eye for detail and his love of the game made him a great visionary where course design was concerned.

Tom Mackenzie, President of the EIGCA said, 'We are all saddened to hear of the death of John Jacobs. He was a true legend of the game of golf and all of us at the EIGCA will feel the loss of such an iconic individual'.

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