Golfer Tony Jacklin confirmed as Strictly Come Dancing contestant

Bruce Forsyth revealed the identity of celebrity dancer number two on The One Show this evening


Tony Jacklin will be among the 15 famous faces taking to the shiny floor for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing. The golfing legend was unveiled on this evening’s One Show by Strictly host Bruce Forsyth.


As the most successful European Ryder Cup captain ever, Jacklin CBE knows his way around a golf course, but will his dancing be on par?

Oh dear. We’ll leave the golfing puns there, perhaps.

Jacklin, 69, who hails from Scunthorpe, is only the second contestant – and first male – to be confirmed for this year’s show after Vanessa Feltz was unveiled yesterday. That leaves another thirteen names to come – two of whom are expected to be revealed this weekend.

But that’s not stopped Strictly bosses teasing us. There have been snapshots of faceless celebrities’ shoulders, stomachs and feet. Plus, there’s been a teaser trailer featuring the professional dancers… with invisible celebrities.

They know how to keep a secret at Strictly, eh?

As a golf fan himself, host Bruce Forsyth appears delighted at the news that Jacklin will be donning his sparkles and joining the show.  

The golfing legend will have plenty of stories to keep Brucie entertained having won both the US Open and The Open Championships before retiring at the age of sixty. He’s since gone on to design golf courses, including the 9-hole par 3 course of The St Pierre Park Hotel in Guernsey.

Jacklin wears a hearing aid in both ears, having been hearing impaired for more than twenty five years. The star is a patron of the English Deaf Golf Association.

Strictly Come Dancing returns on 7 September at 6:50pm on BBC1