"Concession" golf moments still resonates 45 years later - FOX 13 News

"Concession" golf moments still resonates 45 years later

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"The Concession" was a moment in golf history that still resonates today. The 1969 Ryder Cup ended in a draw when Jack Nicklaus made the final putt for the United States.

Britain's Tony Jacklin still had to make a two-foot putt for the match to end in a tie, but Nicklaus picked up Jacklin's marker, conceding that final putt.

Nicklaus did not want to see his friend miss the putt in front of his fans in England.

Tony Jacklin remembers that gesture by Jack Nicklaus 45 years ago, fondly.

"You know it was the right thing to do. He knew I was the Open champion at the time. He knew Britain had a new hero in me and he didn't want to see anything happen to spoil that and he didn't think twice about it... The captain Sam Snead wasn't too thrilled about it my recollection of the time, but as far as that was concerned he always saw the big picture," Jacklin said.

The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, designed by longtime friends Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin, memorializes that defining moment in golf.

The amateur golf tournament “The Concession Cup” keeps the spirit and tradition alive. Amateurs from the U.S., Great Britain and Ireland compete over three days of match play.

For the record, Tony Jacklin thinks he would've made that long ago putt, but he'll always be grateful for "The Concession.”

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