Tony Jacklin CBE launches Ryder Cup art collection
The four-star Macdonald Rusacks Hotel in
St Andrews, one of the world's most iconic golfing hotels and part
of The Macdonald Hotels' Signature Collection, has been invited to
permanently display a unique collection of oil painted portraits of
golfers deemed to have made the greatest contribution to the
history of the Ryder Cup.
Earlier this week and just a month before the
40th Ryder Cup returns to Scotland, the
commemorative Tony Jacklin Ryder Cup Collection was opened within
the hotel's Austen Gallery of Champions by Tony Jacklin CBE, the
greatest Ryder Cup Captain of all time.
The Collection of 14 golfing greats* and expected to ultimately
feature more than 30, consists of oil painted portraits by world
renowned Scottish golf artist Joe Austen. Fittingly, the Austen
Gallery of Champions in Macdonald Rusacks Hotel is located just a
few feet from the famous 18th fairway of The Old
Course, St Andrews.
The gallery will further add to the appeal of Macdonald
Rusacks Hotel, part of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts 2013-2014
AA Hotel Group of the Year. This autumn, the hotel that dates
back to 1887, will undertake the final phase of a £1 million
refurbishment programme of its luxurious bedrooms and suites.
All are named after famous golfers or features of the Old Course.
Chris Feeney, General Manager, Macdonald Rusacks Hotel,
commented: "Macdonald Rusacks Hotel is very proud to be chosen to
display Joe Austen's paintings of Tony Jacklin's collection of
European and US Ryder Cup greats within what is one of the world's
most iconic golfing hotels."
Tony Jacklin, 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
Joe Austen, Tony Jacklin Ryder Cup Collection artist, said:
"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."
*Golfers currently featured within the Tony Jacklin Ryder Cup
Tony Jacklin, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Paul McGinley, Seve
Ballesteros, Ian Poulter, Arnold Palmer, Samuel Ryder, Abe
Mitchell, Walter Hagen, Phil Mickelson, Paul Azinger, Sam Torrance
CBE, Ian Woosnam CBE.
Further champions will be added to the growing Collection
throughout 2014 and announced at a later date.
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