• 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.
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.