Golfer Christy O’Con­nor dies

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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