Shock at sudden death of Christy O’Connor Junior

first_imgPictured are (l-r): Galway Bay Golf Resort Director Ronan Killeen; Mary Nash, CEO Galway Hospice; Christy O’Connor Jnr; Pat O’Grady; Michael Craig of Galway Hospice, and Bernie O’Grady, Lady Captain of Galway Bay Golf Resort.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Christy Junior is best known however for having played in the Ryder Cup twice. In 1975 he was a member of a losing Great Britain & Ireland team but in 1989 he was part of a European team which tied the match to retain the trophy. His win over then World No.1 Fred Couples was best remembered for a stunning 2 iron shot on the last hole at The Belfry which he left just 4 feet from the hole. Speaking to Gerry Murphy in 2015 at Galway Bay Golf Resort, Christy was asked what Couples said to him after he hit the shot of a lifetime?!…Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Christy O’Connor Junior is survived by his wife Anne, son Nigel, daughter Anne and is pre-deceased by his son Darren who tragically died in a car accident in 1998. There is widespread shock in the World of Golf this morning at the news that Irish golfing legend Christy O’Connor Junior has died suddenly while on holidays in Tenerife at the age of 67. As recently as last month, Christy handed over a cheque for over €200,000 to Galway Hospice after he had organised a very successful Celebrity Am-Am in Galway Bay Golf Resort, one of several courses he had designed, last July.center_img Born in Galway on August 19th 1948, Christy was known as “Junior” because he is the nephew of another leading Irish golfer Christy O’Connor. He turned professional in 1967 and five years later was part of the newly formed European Tour. Christy Junior made the top hundred on the Order of Merit in each of its first twenty-one seasons, with a best ranking of seventh in 1975. He won four European Tour events, while his best performance in a major came in 1985 when he finished tied 3rd in the Open Championship at Royal St George after shooting a brilliant 64 in the opening round to lead the tournament. As a senior he competed on both the European and the U.S. based Champions Tour, winning two Senior British Open titles and two Champions Tour events.last_img

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