Game mourns loss of Ja­cobs

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - Sport -

John Ja­cobs, who helped found the Euro­pean Tour and was twice Euro­pean Ry­der Cup cap­tain, has died at the age of 91. Born in Wood­setts, York­shire, Ja­cobs led the Ry­der Cup teams in 1979 and 1981, which were the first two com­pe­ti­tions to fea­ture a com­bined Euro­pean side. His death was an­nounced on the Euro­pean Tour web­site. In 1954, Ja­cobs led the calls for the mod­erni­sa­tion of the game to in­clude an in­crease and bet­ter dis­tri­bu­tion of prize funds. Ja­cobs took up the role of tour­na­ment di­rec­tor gen­eral of the PGA ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee in Oc­to­ber 1971 and went to es­tab­lish a “Con­ti­nen­tal Swing” which em­braced the French, Ger­man and Span­ish Opens, with the lat­ter be­com­ing the first of­fi­cial Euro­pean Tour event at Pals Golf Club in Girona dur­ing April 1972. Ja­cobs was made an OBE in 1997 and in 2000 was in­ducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

John Ja­cobs: In­flu­en­tial fig­ure in golf

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