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John Jacobs dies aged 91

Former Ryder Cup captain and founding father of the European Tour John Jacobs has passed away at the age of 91.

The popular Yorkshireman competed in the Ryder Cup in 1955, before captaining the side twice—most notably in 1979, when European players competed for the first time.

However, it was during his coaching career and pivotal role in establishing the European Tour that makes Jacobs one of the most well-loved and revered golfers in history.

Jacobs served as the Tour’s tournament director-general from 1971 to 1975.

"John's legacy to golf is well-documented," said Dr Kyle Phillpots, the PGA's executive director.

"In addition to his accomplishments as a player, coach and administrator, he is the person who made the European Tour happen and he is widely acknowledged as the father of modern golf coaching."

From everyone at OnlineGolf, we would like to offer our condolences to all who knew John Jacobs, especially his family and friends.

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