Last night saw Champions Celebrity’s own golfing legend Tony Jacklin CBE and his old friend Jack Nicklaus officially open the 2016 Ryder Cup and pay tribute to their late colleague Arnold Palmer, who died earlier this week.
Four-time Ryder Cup captain Tony and two-time Ryder Cup captain Jack were remembering that historic moment in the tournament in 1969 when Jack conceded a putt to Tony at the last hole. Now known by golfing aficionados as ‘The Concession’, this amazing sporting gesture made the game level, with 16 points each for Great Britain and the USA.
Tony called Arnold Palmer "an inspiration to all of us" and Jack said “we dedicate these games to his honour".
Jack said that Tony should be knighted for his services to golf. “The Ryder Cup wouldn’t be where it is today without Tony,” he said. “He took the Ryder Cup forward more than anybody else. It would be great to see Tony recognised by receiving a knighthood. Of all the people that I know, he has contributed more to golf in Great Britain than anyone else.”