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Tributes paid to leading golf writer Jacobs

Tributes have been paid to former Herald golf writer Raymond Jacobs, who passed away in December at the age of 85.

Jacobs was widely considered one of the best golf writers of his generation and œmarched to a different drum”, according to Murray Ritchie, his colleague and friend at The Herald newspaper.

Jacobs, pictured above with Paul Lawrie and Peter Alliss after collecting his Scottish PGA ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award in 2009, was never afraid to speak his mind or criticise the state of the game, its advancement towards a dependence on technology, or those in charge. He also had a way with words few could - or would dare to - match. When the late Payne Stewart turned up at an Open dressed in the stars and stripes of the USA, Jacobs described him as œnot so much dressed for golf but for a burial at sea”.

His good friend Jock MacVicar, the golf writer for the Scottish Express, said Jacobs retired in 1996 before technology swept through the industry.

He added: œHe was a fine writer, but very much the old school, and in today’s frantic world, that is not a bad thing.”

Notable Scottish sports writer Jim Black was a long-time neighbour in Glasgow’s West End and said Jacobs was a class act. œOne of the last of a special generation of journalists from the days when you were proud to tell the world what you did for a living,” said Black.

Former Open champion Peter Thomson added Jacobs was œthe epitome of good manners and professionalism”.

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