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Tributes paid to John Jacobs OBE

 John Jacobs OBE founded the European Tour and was first Tournament Director General

 Competed in the Ryder Cup in 1955 and captain Europe twice in 1979 and 1981

Made an OBE and Honorary Member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews

Tributes have been paid to John Jacobs OBE who passed away at the age of 91.

John Jacobs poses for a photograph next to a charcoal drawing of himself at his home on April 18, 2013 in Lyndhurst, England.
John Jacobs poses for a photograph next to a charcoal drawing of himself at his home on April 18, 2013 in Lyndhurst, England.

Jacobs was elected an Honorary Member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in 2004 in recognition for his services and contribution to the game of golf as a Ryder Cup player and captain, tournament winner, administrator, writer, commentator and an outstanding coach.

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of John Jacobs and our heartfelt condolences are extended to his family.

"John’s outstanding contribution to golf over a lifetime will leave an indelible mark on the game. He was widely respected as a founding father of the European Tour and was a proud Honorary Member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. John was a tremendously engaging character and the world of golf has lost a leading light today."

He was made an OBE in 1997 and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

John Jacobs, captain of the European team with Bernard Gallacher, Severiano Ballesteros, Tony Jacklin, Antonio Garrido, Michael King, Brian Barnes, Nick Faldo, Des Smyth, Peter Oosterhuis, Ken Brown, Sandy Lyle, Mark James at the 23rd Ryder Cup Matches on 14 September 1979 at the The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, USA.
John Jacobs, captain of the European team with Bernard Gallacher, Severiano Ballesteros, Tony Jacklin, Antonio Garrido, Michael King, Brian Barnes, Nick Faldo, Des Smyth, Peter Oosterhuis, Ken Brown, Sandy Lyle, Mark James at the 23rd Ryder Cup Matches on 14 September 1979 at the The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, USA.