Who's who in golf - Christy O'Connor Jr


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Name: - Christy O'Connor Jr
Country: - Ireland
Lived : - [1948-2016]. Born August 19, 1948 in Knocknacarra, Co. Galway. Died Jan 6, 2016 in Tenerife, Canary Islands, aged 67.
Original Home/Club: - Galway GC, Galway.
Occupation: - Professional golfer; golf course designer.
Turned Pro: - 1967

Roll of Honour

Ryder Cup player (1975, 1989). Total professional wins (17), of which European Tr (4), European Snr Tr (2) and Champions Tour (2).


Golf course design

Christy O'Connor Jr has designed many golf courses, particularly in Ireland. His work includes (but is not limited to): Concra Wood (2009, with his uncle Christy O'Connor); Dingle - Ceann Sibeal (with Eddie Hackett); Esker Hills (1996); Fota Island (1993, with Peter McEvoy); Galway Bay (1993); Glasson (1993); Knightsbrook (2006); O'Connor Jr course, Oceanico Golf, Portugal (2008); Palmerston House (2005); Rathsallagh (1996, with Peter McEvoy); Roganstown (2004).


Did you know?

Often referred to as simply "Junior", Christy O'Connor Jr was the nephew of another Irish golfing legend Christy O'Connor. O'Connor Jr enjoyed a successful professional career on the European and European Senior tours, while also pursuing his business as a golf course designer. He was perhaps best remembered for his win over Fred Couples in the 1989 Ryder Cup at The Belfry. On the final hole he drilled a stunning 2-iron to just four feet from the hole, knocked in the putt and claimed a memorable 1-up win over the American.


Top tournaments won by Christy O'Connor Jr

2000Snr EuropeSenior Open ChampionshipRoyal County Down275 (-9)€102,758
Played as the Senior British Open presented by MasterCard (14th) (July 27-30). Second-placed John Bland (RSA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Christy O'Connor Jr (Ire), who recorded the second of his two wins on the European Snr Tour. [Royal County Down GC, Newcastle, Co. Down, N. Ireland].
1999Snr AmericaConstellation Energy ClassicHobbit's Glen198 (-18)$195,000
Played as the State Farm Senior Classic (July 2-4). Second-placed Bruce Fleisher (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time Snr PGA Tour winner O'Connor Jnr (Ire). [Hobbit's Glen GC, Columbia, Maryland].
1999Snr AmericaFarmers Charity ClassicEgypt Valley CC205 (-11)$150,000
Played as the Foremost Insurance Championship (Aug 13-15). Second-placed George Archer (USA), John Jacobs (USA) and Jim Thorpe (USA) finished 4 shots behind O'Connor Jr (Ire), who recorded the second of his two Snr PGA Tour wins. [Egypt Valley CC, Ada, nr Grand Rapids, Michigan].
1999Snr EuropeSenior Open ChampionshipRoyal Portrush282 (-6)€88,620
Played as the Senior British Open (13th) (July 22-25). Second-placed John Bland (RSA) finished 3 shots behind first-time European Snr Tour winner Christy O'Connor Jr (Ire). [Dunluce Links, Royal Portrush GC, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland].
1990Men AfricaKenya OpenMuthaiga GC271 (-13)£12,500
Played as the 555 Kenya Open (Eurpn Challenge Tr event). Second-placed Chris Platts (Eng) finished 2 shots behind O'Connor Jr (Ire). [Muthaiga GC, Nairobi, Kenya].

 

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