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The Nicklaus-Jacklin Award presented by Aon will return at the 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome, Italy, taking place from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, 2023. The award recognizes the player who best embodies the true spirit of the Ryder Cup.
- Launched at the 2020 Ryder Cup – which was played in 2021 – the award was inspired by the famous 1969 concession by Jack Nicklaus, which saw him give Tony Jacklin a 2-foot putt for a halved match, resulting in the first tie in Ryder Cup history. That storied moment has gone down as one of the most iconic demonstrations of sportsmanship in sports history. Originally, the award was given to one player from each team, and beginning this year will be presented to a single player. The recipient will be selected at the close of the competition by Nicklaus and Jacklin.
Zoom out: Aon’s partnerships with the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour and The Ryder Cup provide a unique global platform for the firm to authentically tell stories at scale and connect with our clients and colleagues around one of their passions. Read additional updates from our golf partnerships:
- Tyrrell Hatton won the 2022-2023 PGA TOUR Aon Risk Reward Challenge, including the Aon trophy and $1 million prize, for his ability to make better decisions on the most strategically challenging holes during the PGA TOUR season.
- The Aon Risk Reward Challenge is a unique, season-long competition across the PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour that highlights golf’s best strategic decision makers. The challenge takes the best two scores from every participating event a player competes in throughout the season. Read more in Forbes and Golf Digest.
- The LPGA Tour winner will be announced in November and the current leaderboard is available here.
- Eduardo Dávila, CEO of Aon EMEA, was featured in Golf Digest to share the knowledge he gained from his background as a caddie and how it applies to his day-to-day business approach helping clients make better decisions.
- Dávila said, “In effect, Aon is a caddie to our clients, and when you caddie for someone, you try to help, giving them the right information, so they can make better shots. In our world, these are the better decisions. Just as caddies gauge targets, yardages and playing conditions to help golfers choose the best club for each shot, Aon does this by harnessing data around risk capital and human capital. Our clients make the decisions and play the shot, but we both share responsibility for the outcome.”