O’Connor Senior dies aged 91

Christy O'Connor Senior played in every Ryder Cup between 1955 and 1973

Christy O’Connor Senior played in every Ryder Cup between 1955 and 1973

Former Irish professional golfer Christy O’Connor Senior died in Dublin on Saturday aged 91.

The Galway native won more than 20 tournaments on the Irish and British circuit and finished in the top 10 of The Open on 10 occasions.

O’Connor competed in every Ryder Cup between 1955 and 1973, a record only surpassed by Nick Faldo in 1997.

He was uncle to Christy O’Connor Junior, who died in January aged 67.


Christy O’Connor Senior with his nephew Christy O’Connor Junior at his surprise 80th birthday party in 2004

O’Connor Senior won the British Masters in 1956 and 1959 and his best finish in the The Open was tied-second in 1965 at Royal Birkdale, two strokes behind England’s Peter Thompson.

He often explained that his chances of winning a major were greatly diminished by the fact he could rarely afford to travel to the United States.

He also played in 15 World Cups, winning in 1958 with Harry Bradshaw..

In his later life, O’Connor won six PGA Senior Championships between 1976 and 1983.

One of the most popular players of his generation, he was inducted into the prestigious World Golf Hall of Game in 2009.

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