Christy O’Connor Junior passes away

Christy O'Connor Junior
Christy O'Connor Junior

Christy O’Connor Junior has passed away suddenly at the age of 67.

The Irish golfer was a member of the winning Ryder Cup team in 1989 at the Belfry, where his two-iron approach on the 18th hole secured the trophy for Europe.

O’Connor was a four-time winner on the European Tour and was the nephew of another Irish golfing legend, Christy O’Connor Senior.

Born in Galway, O’Connor turned professional in 1967 and went on to represent Europe twice in the Ryder Cup, firstly in 1975, before his memorable victory in 1989.

O’Connor played in more than 20 majors throughout his long career, finishing in a tie for third at the 1985 Open Championship, having led the tournament early on with an opening round six-under at Royal St George’s. O’Connor’s only Masters appearance came in 1977.

Back-to back Seniors British Open titles were secured in 1999 at Royal Portrush and 2000 at Royal County Down, while O’Connor also represented Ireland in several World Cups and Dunhill Cups.

O’Connor died while on holiday in Tenerife.