Who's who in golf - John (Eng) Jacobs


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Name: - John Robert Maurice Jacobs
Country: - England
Lived : - [1925-2017]. Born on March 14, 1925 in Woodsetts, South Yorkshire (the son of Robert Jacobs, golf professional at Lindrick GC). Died on January 13, 2017, aged 91.
Original Home/Club: - Lindrick GC, South Yorks.
Occupation: - Professional golfer, golf course designer, golf writer, instructor, entrepreneur and administrator.
Turned Pro: - 1946
Web Address: - http://www.jacobsgolf.com

Roll of Honour

Ryder Cup player (1955); Ryder Cup non-playing captain (1979, 1981). Multiple wins on the European professional circuit and European Snr Tour. World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2000). Appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, OBE (1997).


Golf course design

John Jacobs designed several courses in Europe, which include (but are not limited to): Apremont, nr Paris (1992); The Buckinghamshire (1992); Edinburgh course, Wentworth (1990, with Gary Player); Remedy Oak (2005).


Did you know?

John Jacobs was born in Woodsetts in South Yorkshire, a village that sits alongside the renowned Lindrick Golf Club, where his father Robert "Bob" Jacobs was the professional. After the Second World War, during which he served in the Royal Air Force, John Jacobs also joined the professional golfing ranks, assisting his cousin Jack Jacobs, who had taken over at Lindrick.

Jacobs enjoyed only moderate success during his days as a tournament professional; he made his one Ryder Cup appearance in 1955. Most notably he became the driving force behind the modern European Tour. Serving as the tour's first Tournament Director and Director-General from 1971 to 1975, he acquired the title the "Father of European Golf". His period in office included the inaugural season of the modern European Tour in 1972.

Lauded as one of the best golf coaches of his time, Jacobs established his John Jacobs Golf Schools in 1976, in partnership with Shelby Futch. His very successful "Golf Doctor" and "Practical Golf" instruction books have helped golfers all over the world improve their games (and fellow professionals improve their coaching).


Top tournaments won by John (Eng) Jacobs

1957Men EuropeDutch OpenHilversum284
Played as the Dutch Open (Aug 8-11). Second-placed Flory Van Donck (Belg) finished 3 shots behind Jacobs (Eng). [Hilversumsche GC, Hilversum, nr Amsterdam].
1957Men AfricaSouth African Match PlayHoughton2 & 1
Played as the Dunlop South African Match Play Masters (a renamed version of the SA Professional Match Play Ch'ship, which dated from 1923). Jacobs (Eng) beat Gary Player (S Africa) 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final. [Houghton GC, Johannesburg, RSA].

 

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