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2-time Ryder Cup captain John Jacobs dies at 91

  • FILE - In this July 6, 2006 file photo, John Jacobs watches his drive on the tenth hole during the opening round of the 2006 U.S. Senior Open Championship golf tournament at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.. John Jacobs, who oversaw the European Tour’s formative years in the 1970s and captained the continent’s first Ryder Cup team, has died. He was 91. The European Tour announced the death of its “founding father” on Friday Jan. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Larry Smith, File)

    FILE - In this July 6, 2006 file photo, John Jacobs watches his drive on the tenth hole during the opening round of the 2006 U.S. Senior Open Championship golf tournament at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.. John Jacobs, who oversaw the European Tour’s formative years in the 1970s and captained the continent’s first Ryder Cup team, has died. He was 91. The European Tour announced the death of its “founding father” on Friday Jan. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Larry Smith, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 12, 1962 file photo, John Jacobs demonstrates with the driver during the three-day golfing course for young amateur golfers at Sandy Lodge Club, Hertfordshire, England. John Jacobs, the captain of the first European Ryder Cup team and a tour official on the continent, has died. He was 91. The European Tour announced the death of its "founding father" on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. A cause was not provided. (PA via AP, file)

    FILE - In this March 12, 1962 file photo, John Jacobs demonstrates with the driver during the three-day golfing course for young amateur golfers at Sandy Lodge Club, Hertfordshire, England. John Jacobs, the captain of the first European Ryder Cup team and a tour official on the continent, has died. He was 91. The European Tour announced the death of its "founding father" on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. A cause was not provided. (PA via AP, file)  (The Associated Press)

John Jacobs, the captain of the first European Ryder Cup team and a tour official on the continent, has died. He was 91.

The European Tour announced the death of its "founding father" on Friday. A cause was not provided.

Jacobs played for Britain at the 1955 Ryder Cup in California and was instrumental in later bringing together Europe and Britain. In 1979, Jacobs was captain of the first Ryder Cup team that included players from continental Europe, including Seve Ballesteros.

Jacobs championed the expansion of golf, and the first European Tour event was staged in 1972.

Jacobs was also one of the most popular golf teachers. The European Tour said Jacobs revolutionized coaching "through his innovative philosophies based on ball flight, club face alignment and swing path."