They may be at opposite ends of their playing careers and separated by nearly half of a century in age, but Tony Jacklin and his youngest son Sean will be united by a common goal next month when they compete on the European Senior Tour and European Challenge Tour in the same week.
Two-time Major Champion Tony Jacklin, one of England’s greatest golfers and a four-time Ryder Cup Captain, will return to the competitive game after an absence of five years when he takes part in The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex at Turnberry, on the west coast Scotland, from July 26-29.
Meanwhile, some 412 miles away at Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club, Sean will embark on his professional career after receiving an invitation to play in the English Challenge, which takes place the same week.
The youngest of Jacklin’s six children, 21 year old Sean recently graduated from the University of North Carolina where he majored in Business Administration, and he is now hoping to follow in his famous father’s footsteps.
Sean has been playing on the West Florida Golf Tour which bears his father’s name but, having completed his studies, he is now ready to make the step up to the Challenge Tour.
“I always wanted to be a pro golfer,” said Sean. “It was just the dream of being the best that always drove me on. I love the competition. My dad never really had to push me because I never wanted to do anything else. I never had a change of heart about playing golf".
He added: “My dad has definitely been the most help in my career so far. I know I'm really lucky to have a former Major winner as my dad".
Tony Jacklin turns 68 three weeks before The Senior Open Championship and while he is understandably disappointed at missing out on being at Sean’s professional Challenge Tour debut, he is relishing the chance to play in another Senior Open Championship.
“I am over for The Open at Royal Lytham, where I won in 1969, then I’m playing in the British Par 3 Championship a couple of weeks later so as I’m exempt for The Senior Open I thought I would play,” he said. “It is at Turnberry, which is one of my favourite spots".
Discounted advance tickets for The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex can now be purchased online, with season passes now available at £60 and any one day tickets at £18. They can be booked online at www.europeantourtickets.com, where other discounts and offers can also be found.