Hall of Fame honours Jacklin

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Tony Jacklin, the former Ryder Cup captain and the only Briton to win the US Open in the modern era, has been voted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He will be inducted in St Augustine, Florida, later this year.

Jacklin, 57, became the first British winner of the Open for 18 years when he triumphed at Royal Lytham in 1969. The following year he won the US Open at Hazeltine, leading from start to finish. A Briton had not won the event since Ted Ray in 1920.

He was a member of seven Ryder Cup sides but it was as captain of a young, talented team that he helped build the event to its current prominence. Narrowly defeated at Palm Beach Gardens in 1983, Europe won for the first time at The Belfry two years later. Jacklin then masterminded the Americans' first defeat on home soil at Muirfield Village in 1987. He retired after the tied match in 1989.

Fittingly, it was announced yesterday that Hazeltine, which will host the US PGA Championship this August and again in 2009, will be the venue for the Ryder Cup in 2016.

Jack Nicklaus has withdrawn from the US Masters next week with a persistent back injury. Since his debut in 1959, the six-times winner has only missed the Masters in 1999 due to replacement hip surgery.

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