Shawn Jacqueline plays the US Open 52 years after his father won it

Less than 24 hours after his youngest son, Sean, qualified for the US Open on June 6, Tony Jacqueline was still buzzing with life.

“It was nerve-wracking,” the 77-year-old Englishman said from his home in Bradenton, Florida, where he followed his son’s progress in the USGA Divisional Playoffs online. “My wife and I have been digging it hole by hole. Just keep pressing update.”

Shawn shot 66-71-137, his under-5 total was good enough for the club’s Medals of Honor participating in Admirals Cove (North and Western Courses) in Jupiter, Florida. His success one week prior was all the more remarkable given that he was the first substitute (from the local playoffs at Sara Bay Country Club in Sarasota, Florida) and only entered the field 20 minutes before his final time. In doing so, he became the sixth domestic substitute since 2010 at the US Open.

“He went there on a wing and prayed,” said Tony. “He didn’t bother driving. He had a good friend in Palm Beach to stay with and didn’t have to get out of the hotel. He hung out about the green fetch.”

Sean, 30, named after his father’s close friend, the late actor Sean Connery, will start his second PGA tour and first in any of the four majors at 122second abbreviation The US Open is at The Country Club in Brooklyn, Massachusetts, just 52 years after his old man won the title in Hazeltine near Minneapolis.

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“It was the best week of my career,” Tony said of his 1970 win, his second major. “There was a lot of pressure. I shot par on day one in horrible conditions (opening round 71 in 40 mph winds) and made the lead every day. I progressed beautifully thanks to advice from Jim Yancey, Bert’s older brother ( The pro on the tour) and the pro on the club, to look at the hole in practice. It gave me a great sense of distance control and I was able to move onto the golf course. It was the best I’ve ever put on.”

But Tony missed two short shots at No. 7 and 8 during the last round and his fear of failure crept into his mind.

“I said to myself, ‘Oh my God, not now,’” Jacqueline recalls. “I suppose you could say I was afraid of failure. He would stay with me all my life. I managed to maintain my focus.”

The turning point? He hit his bird at nine noon cup and entered.

“It relieved me,” Jacqueline said.

Jacqueline became the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to hold the British Open (1969) and the US Open simultaneously. He drove from start to finish and was the only player to break parity in the tournament, finishing seven massive shots ahead of Dave Hill, the biggest margin in 49 years. Jacqueline also became the first European-born golfer to win the US Open since Scottish-born Tommy Armor in 1927.

The son of the Ryder Cup legend

Sean grew up under the pressure of being the son of a major champion and a European Ryder Cup legend. He played college golf in North Carolina and had an occasional spot on the Latin American PGA Tour, but he’s mostly excelled on the mini tours since he turned professional.

“He’s no kid anymore. He was trying on Mondays and playing the mini-rounds. He won a bunch of West Florida events and plays in Orlando,” said Tony. “He’s got the game. It’s luck like anything else. There are a lot of good players out there.”

This week at the US Open presents a huge opportunity for Shawn, and Tony said he won’t have to remind his son of that.

“A good week next week will give him a real boost,” said Tony. “But I wouldn’t bother giving him some pep talk. He already knows every damn thing I know.”

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