Christy O’Connor Jnr
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
One of the biggest stars of Irish golf, Christy O’Connor Jnr, has died at the age of 67.
He was best remembered for helping Europe win the Ryder Cup at The Belfry in 1989, when he fired a stunning shot with his two iron to within feet of the hole (below).
The Golf Union of Ireland paid tribute and described him as “a gentleman, an iconic figure of Irish golf and a true ambassador”.
“He was a pioneer for professional Irish golfers and inspired a generation of players,” the organisation said.
O’Connor Jnr’s career highlights included two Ryder Cup appearances, 17 professional tournament wins, four wins on the European Tour and two British Open Senior titles.
It is understood he was on holiday in Tenerife when he died.
In his later years O’Connor Jnr – the nephew of another hero of Irish golf, Christy O’Connor Snr – was heavily involved in designing golf courses.