Golfing legend Christy O’Connor Jnr dies while on holiday in Spain

Irish sporting hero passes away in Tenerife during visit with his wife

LAST UPDATED: 7 Jan, 2016 @ 12:19

LEGENDARY Irish golfer Christy O’Connor Jnr has died suddenly while on holiday in Spain.

The Ryder Cup hero passed away in Tenerife at the age of 67 during a trip to Tenerife with his wife, Ann.

LEGEND: Christy O'Connor helped Europe retain 1989 Ryder Cup
LEGEND: Christy O’Connor helped Europe retain 1989 Ryder Cup

The Galway man won two Senior British Open titles and helped Europe retain the Ryder Cup in 1989 after he defeated Fred Couples at the final hole.

The 2014 Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley said: “We have lost a true Irishman, character and golfer – Christy O’Connor Jnr RIP.”

O’Connor’s uncle, 91-year-old Christy O’Connor Snr, played in 10 Ryder Cups.

Like his famous uncle, O’Connor started playing golf in his native Galway before turning professional in 1967.

He won his fourth European Tour in 1992 and later started a career as a golf course architect, designing more than 30 courses.


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