St Andrews hosts gallery of golf greats

Artist Joe Austen and golf legend Tony Jacklin with some of the portraits in the 'Tony Jacklin Ryder Cup Collection'. Photo by Alan Richardson.
Artist Joe Austen and golf legend Tony Jacklin with some of the portraits in the 'Tony Jacklin Ryder Cup Collection'. Photo by Alan Richardson.

A stunning art collection launched by one of the greatest Ryder Cup captains of all time has gone on display at a top St Andrews hotel.

Tony Jacklin CBE has personally selected the golfers who have made the greatest contribution to the Ryder Cup throughout its history to form the ‘Tony Jacklin Ryder Cup Collection’.

The collection consists of oil painted portraits by world renowned golf artist Joe Austen and will be permanently exhibited in the Austen Gallery of Champions in Macdonald Rusacks Hotel, just a few feet from the 18th fairway of The Old Course.

More than 30 golfing greats are anticipated to make it into the ‘Tony Jacklin Ryder Cup Collection’. The portraits of the first 14 – Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Paul McGinley, Seve Ballesteros, Ian Poulter, Arnold Palmer, Samuel Ryder, Abe Mitchell, Walter Hagen, Phil Mickelson, Paul Azinger, Sam Torrance, Ian Woosnam and Jacklin himself – are now on display in the Austen Gallery.

Further champions will be added to the collection in the run up to the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles next month.

Tony said: “It goes without saying that the Ryder Cup is very close to my heart and I strongly believe that the competition would not have become the worldwide phenomenon that it is today without the sporting greats of the past like Samuel Ryder, Abe Mitchell, Walter Hagen and so many others.

“The rich history of the Ryder Cup interests me greatly and the idea of capturing this legacy for generations to come inspired me to work with Joe Austen. It is with this collection that I hope to honour both the historical champions and the present players who have made, and continue to make, the greatest contribution to the Ryder Cup.”

Artist Joe added: “This has been a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with Tony to bring the ‘Tony Jacklin Ryder Cup Collection’ to fruition. As the person who has done the most to transform the Ryder Cup into the spectacle it has become, Tony Jacklin is best placed to select the golfing greats who will be included in his collection.

“The Austen Gallery of Champions is an ideal location to showcase this collection at Macdonald Rusacks Hotel due to its position by the 18th fairway of The Old Course in the Home of Golf.”

Exclusive limited edition prints of the collection, co-signed by Tony Jacklin and Joe Austen, are being produced in order to pay tribute to the golfers selected and to celebrate the return of The Ryder Cup to Scotland. The prints will be available from www.rydercupcollection.com.

Chris Feeney, Macdonald Rusacks Hotel general manager, said: “Macdonald Rusacks Hotel attracts golfers from around the world.

“The decision by such a world renowned artist to place the Ryder Cup Collection permanently within our hotel is a tremendous honour and I am sure will prove highly popular with our guests and visitors alike.”