It will be awarded for the first time at the Ryder Cup in Wisconsin (24-26 September), to the two players (one from the United States and the other from Team Europe) who will best embody the spirit of the event, the “The Nicklaus-Jacklin Award presented by Aon”.
Ryder Cup, The Nicklaus-Jacklin Award presented by Aon
This is the novelty introduced by the PGA of America and the Ryder Cup Europe. With the recipients of the award that will be selected by a committee composed, among others, of Jack Nicklaus, Tony Jacklin, other former European and American Ryder Cup captains. For an award that takes its name from the famous “concession” that arrived during the Ryder Cup of 1969. When, in the match between the United States and Great Britain (in 1973 the Great Britain was incorporated into Ireland and from 1979 the rest of Continental Europe), Nicklaus at the Royal Birkdale GC in Southport (England) gave for a good 3-foot putt for Jacklin at the 18th hole, an act of fair play that caused the first draw (16-16) in the history of the competition, with the cup that remained in the hands of the USA as reigning champions.
Jon Rahm has been named Golfer of the Month after winning his maiden Major Championship at the 121st U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
Rahm was one of the favourites heading into the third Major of the year with seven top tens to his name In 2021 prior to arriving In San Diego, where rounds of 69-70-72-67 led to a six under par total and enough for a one shot victory over Louis Oosthuizen.
The Spaniard’s round was topped off by two emphatic birdies on the last two holes, with his closing effort similar to that of Tiger Woods’ famous putt at the 2008 U.S. Open.
Marcus Armitage finished second in the Golfer of the Month contest, courtesy of his maiden emotional victory at the Porsche European Open. Armitage, who lost his mother in his teenage years, posted a best of the day final round 65 to win by two strokes.
Norwegian superstar Viktor Hovland came in third following his win at the BMW International Open. Hovland’s victory was his first in Europe and saw him jump to ninth on the Race to Dubai Rankings, as well as sitting In a strong position to secure a place on the 2021 European Ryder Cup Team.
Rounding off the voting was another first-time winner in Jonathan Caldwell, who won the Scandinavian Mixed hosted by Henrik and Annika. The unique format, where men and women played on the same course for the same prize fund, was a great success, and Caldwell secured victory with a birdie on his final hole after a career defining shot from the long rough.