Golfer Christy O’Connor dies
Christy O’Connor Jr., the Irish golfer who produced the shot of his career to help Europe retain the Ryder Cup in 1989, has died. He was 67.
O’Connor died in his sleep while on holiday in Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands, the European Tour said on Wednesday.
The crowning moment of O’Connor’s career came at The Belfry in his second appearance for Europe at the Ryder Cup.
O’Connor hit a 2-iron from the fairway to about 3 1/2 feet at the 18th, helping him to win the hole and secure a 1-up victory over Fred Couples.
The point helped Tony Jacklin’s European team earn a 14-14 draw to retain the trophy as defending champion.
After Couple conceded the match, O’Connor looked up to the sky, with his arms outstretched, and was brought to tears as he was mobbed on the green.