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Jacklin triumphs in US Open; RETRO REPORT.

Byline: Tony Woolway

TONY JACKLIN, playing giantkilling golf, won the US Open Championship yesterday to become the first Briton in history to hold the British and American Opens simultaneously.

Jacklin becomes the fourth player to lead the tournament from start to finish and only the fourth foreigner to gain the coveted crown - the most glittering in modern golf - in the tournament's 75-year history.

The 25-year-old son of a Scunthorpe lorry driver accomplished a British dream, which has been a mirage for half-a-century since Ted Ray last took the trophy to England in 1920.

The only other foreign players to hold the American championship were England's Harry Vardon 70 years ago and Gary Player of South Africa who won five years ago.

Jacklin hammered home his victory on the crowd-jammed Hazeltine National Course, whose 7,151 serpentine yards confounded and confused the game's most illustrious stars - Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus.

He completed his triumph in majestic fashion by sinking a 20-foot putt on the final hole for a birdie three - a fitting climax to a superb performance stretched over four nerve-racking days.

He completed the tournament with a total of 281, seven strokes under par for $30,000 (pounds 12,500) prize money and untapped fortune ahead of him - a breathtaking prospect for the young man who began life as an apprentice pipe fitter earning pounds 3 9s a week.

Jacklin said the secret of his win had been consistent putting from under six feet. "This year I hadn''t been getting those putts, but this tournament I did. It made all the difference," he explained.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 21, 2010
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