Sept. 21-26, 2021 Whistling Straits, Kohler, WI
Aon Defining Decisions

The Nicklaus-Jacklin Award

The PGA of America, Ryder Cup Europe, and Aon present a first-of-its-kind award to honor one player from both the U.S. and European teams who best embodies the spirit of the Ryder Cup. The Nicklaus-Jacklin Award will go to the players who see the bigger picture and who make better decisions critical to sportsmanship, teamwork and performance.
About the Award

In golf as in business, better decisions define us. The Nicklaus–Jacklin Award presented by Aon is named after the famous 1969 ‘Concession’ by Jack Nicklaus, when he conceded a two-foot putt to Tony Jacklin for a halved match. The award commemorates the type of sportsmanship, teamwork and sound, strategic decision-making that attracts people to the game. At the 43rd Ryder Cup, Ryder Cup and Aon will introduce a new award that is inspired by the decisions of yesterday and defined by the decisions of today.

Award Selection

The Nicklaus–Jacklin Award presented by Aon will be given at the conclusion of the Ryder Cup. The recipient of the inaugural award will be selected by a committee consisting of: Jack Nicklaus, Tony Jacklin, past European and U.S. Ryder Cup Captains, Aon’s Carlo Clavarino, and representatives from Sky Sports and NBC Sports. Selection will be based on players’ decision-making relative to: sportsmanship, teamwork and performance.

Content Series - Coming Soon
In the lead up to the 43rd Ryder Cup in September, Ryder Cup and Aon will launch two digital content series, one focused on providing key course insights that will inform players’ decision-making at Whistling Straits, and another that will showcase the most unforgettable, defining decisions of the Ryder Cup.
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