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England and Wales (North) Region

Murray pays tribute to John Jacobs

16 Jan 17


Andrew Murray, pictured with son Tom, was among the golfing fraternity to pay tribute to legend John Jacobs OBE, described as the father of the modern day game.

The Cheshire-based former European Tour winner, who regularly visited Jacobs at his Hampshire home, said: "I'd known him for 40 years and I saw him a few times recently and he was clearly not well.

"He touched everybody, not just tour players. When I took my sons Tom and Matt to meet him a few years ago they both connected with him. They were incredibly impressed with his people skills. His knowledge of the game was passed on to everybody in the game from greats to ordinary folk."

Murray, who regularly took Didsbury pro Peter Barber with him to see Jacobs, added: "He always had time for everybody and he never charged me one penny for a lesson. And he always paid for lunch!

 "I was very fortunate to know him so well and I am still very close to his family. I saw him for the last visit just before Christmas. He's left me with some wonderful memories. He was 25 years ahead of his time."

** John Jacobs obituary.

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