Nick Faldo, 52; Ian Woosnam, 51; Bernard Langer, 52; Jose Maria Olazabal, 43; Sandy Lyle, 51, in Augusta, Ga.
Simon Bruty
Monday, August 03, 2009

By TONY JACKLIN, 14-time winner, including two majors

In my era, I was sort of all alone. Well, Peter Oosterhuis came over to America, too, but we were ahead of our time. But with these lads [including five-time major winner Seve Ballesteros], we began to get our footing. I've always said the '80s were the golden years for European golf. Seve was the swashbuckling leader, Faldo the technician who put coaching on the map, Lyle the incredible natural talent, Woosie, Jose, Langer — they were all very different in their way, but they all made an enormous contribution. They gave a shot of confidence to other international players to move forward, and inspired the next generation like Paul Casey and Luke Donald, whom you see doing so well on the PGA Tour today.

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