The following article is provided by Golf Digest.
Golfer Jacklin is noted for being one of golf’s first great multitaskers, but though he was among the sport’s most-decorated players, he admits that his glamorous looks and good looks were one of his greatest attributes on the course. And as a result, he says he was often hit on the head with objects thrown from the spectators.
“One day during the match with Davis, my caddie, it took forever to get up to him because I’d gone to the toilet in another part of the clubhouse,” Jacklin said. “I thought, well, I’m prepared to be a master of the universe, just to get to my tea early. I was trying to play some nice golf, but I was obviously putting a little bit of work in as well.”
Jacklin, who played in nine Ryder Cups, won 18 tournaments and earned a PGA Championship during his 16-year professional career, says that male-to-female locker rooms weren’t uncommon at the time. In fact, he says that he served as a mentor to several young female players and helped pioneer the sport by attending the first-ever women’s golf tourney in 1956.
“I was about 25, and I think I was the biggest fan there,” Jacklin said. “I was taking orders from one of the Western pro’s wives, and we broke off for a meal.”
Although he acknowledges the value of female support, Jacklin says he never pressed for an introduction to then-PGA Tour player Nancy Lopez and the pair only met after the match was over. He said the two shared a few pleasantries and he signed her number book before leaving.
“We never went on to play a match,” Jacklin said. “What a waste of time.”