Irish golf great Christy O’Connor Snr has died

Christy O'Connor Snr

Christy O’Connor Snr

Christy O’Connor Senior, the man who blazed the trail for Irish professional golf, has died at the age of 91.

'Senior' was a major figure in the professional game in the 20th century, turning pro just after World War II.

The Galway native competed on the British Tour, the fore runner of the European Tour, all through the 50s, 60s and 70s, and he is best known for appearing in 10 consecutive Ryder Cups between 1955 and 1973.

O'Connor also finished second in the 1965 British Open behind Peter Thomson.

He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009.

His equally skilled nephew Christy O'Connor Jnr sadly passed away aged 67 in January of this year.

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