The World Corporate Golf Challenge (WCGC) is delighted to announce legendary golfer and Ryder Cup Captain Tony Jacklin has confirmed his attendance at this year’s World Final in Cascais, Portugal, from 30th June – 5th July 2015.
In 2011, Tony became an Official Global Ambassador to the event, where he attended World Finals in both South Africa in 2011 and Scotland in 2013. He will once again be returning to the 2015 World Final where competitors and guests will be treated to ‘An Evening with Tony Jacklin CBE’, kindly hosted and sponsored by Estoril Casino.
Tony Jacklin on announcing his attendance at this year’s World Final said, “I am delighted to be involved with the World Corporate Golf Challenge again, more specifically at this year’s World Final in Cascais. It’s a great event for businesses to entertain customers and network with decision makers across a variety of industry sectors both domestically and globally. The event has a great heritage and I am excited to continue my role in helping to raise the profile of the event and to expanding the tournament around the world.”
In 1969 Tony became the first British player since Max Faulkner in 1951 to win the British Open at Royal Lytham. One year later, Tony achieved even greater heights when he became the first player since Ben Hogan to hold both the U.S. and British Open titles simultaneously upon his triumph at Hazeltine Golf Club, where he won by 7 clear strokes from his nearest rival, leading from start to finish in challenging weather conditions, leaving the greatest players of the day Tony Jacklin proceeded to attack everything else in life with the same enthusiasm that he had once committed to golf, but it wasn’t long before his passion was reignited. In 1983, Jacklin accepted the role of Ryder Captain, embarking on the next chapter of his golf career.
While Jacklin’s individual record is exemplary, he is perhaps better known for elevating and transforming the Ryder Cup to its current status. Jacklin set the wheels in motion to end the U.S. domination and nearly pulled off an improbable upset in 1983. Losing did not diminish the European team’s competitive spirit; rather it ignited an intense rivalry. In 1985, he was the inspirational non-playing captain for Europe’s first victory in the Ryder Cup in 28 years. The toothy grin on Jacklin’s face as he wrapped his arms around the trophy was almost as big as the Ryder Cup itself.
In 1987, he captained the team that won on American soil for the first time. Persuaded to do a fourth tour of duty in 1989, Jacklin’s team retained the Cup for the first time in its history. His infectious enthusiasm and indomitable spirit energized his team and lifted its confidence.
World Corporate Golf Challenge Chairman, Jose Guerra said “We are delighted Tony has once again agreed to support the tournament as our Global Ambassador, he is the ideal person for the role. His achievements and values both on and off the course mirror the event perfectly. As a player, dedication and passion were fundamental to his success and as Ryder Cup Captain he insisted on everything being first class from the team uniforms to flying Concorde. These values are integral to the WCGC and our ambition to deliver a world class event and a once in a lifetime experience. Our competitors, license holders, sponsors and guests will have a wonderful opportunity to hear all about his glittering career at a fantastic venue in Estoril Casino.”