Did Tony Jacklin ever win a major?

Did Tony Jacklin ever win a major?  The short answer is yes, he did. In fact, he won two and came agonising close to winning three. In 1969, five days after his twenty-fifth birthday, Jacklin won the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, defeating former champion Bob Charles by two strokes. In so doing, he became the first Briton to do so since Max Faulkner in 1951. The following year, Jacklin shot 71-70-70-70 for a seven-under-par total of 211 and a seven-shot victory over Dave Hill in the 1970 U.S. Open at Hazeltine National. His wire-to-wire victory made him the first Briton to win the third of the four major championships since Willie Macfarlane in 1926.

Two years later, at the 1972 Open Championship at Muirfield, Jacklin was tied for the lead with eventual winner Lee Trevino with two holes left to play in the final round. However, he three-putted from 15 feet for a bogey on the penultimate hole and bogeyed the final hole to finish third behind Trevino and Jack Nicklaus, who shot a course record-equalling 65 in the final round to finish in the runner-up position. Reflecting on the defeat decades later, Jacklin said, ‘I was never the same again after that. I didn’t ever get my head around it.’