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Published: 13:36 | 14/5/16

Christy O'Connor Sr. dies at 91

First Irish golfer to make international mark

Legendary Irish golfer Christy O’Connor Sr. has died at the age of 91.

O’Connor, who died peacefully in hospital on Saturday morning, was one of the first Irish golfers to make his mark on the international scene and featured in ten consecutive Ryder Cups.

He also played in 15 world cups, recording a famous win in 1958 with Harry Bradshaw.

He recorded ten top-ten finishes in his career, with his second-placed finish in the 1965 British Open the closest he came to winning a major.

However, the fact that he rarely got to travel to the US meant that he only ever got to play in one major a year.

His nephew Christy O’Connor junior died earlier this year aged 67.


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