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Christy O’Connor Jnr passes away aged 67

Christy O'Connor Jnr
Christy O'Connor Jnr

GOLF legend Christy O’Connor Jnr has passed away, at the age of just 67.

The Galway-native is best known for his stunning two-iron approach shot to the 18th hole at the Belfry that would ultimately secure a Ryder Cup for Europe in 1989.

The legendary golfer won four times on the European Tour, played in two Ryder Cups and secured two British Open Senior titles.

It is understood he passed away in Spain.

"We are shocked by the news. Christy was a huge part of this club," Peter Murphy of Galway Bay Golf Club told Independent.ie.

"Christy opened a new clubhouse here last May and ran an event for the Hospice in September which raised an incredible 202k in one day's golf. He will be badly missed and our thoughts are very much with his family and friends right now," added Murphy.

"Sorry to learn of the death of Christy Jnr," Galway TD Brian Walsh has said in a tweet. 

"A great talent who brought much enjoyment to many and worked quietly to benefit Galway causes."

Christy Junior is the nephew of the iconic Christy Senior (90), who won 17 times during very successful golf career.

Local Galway councillor Michael Fahy, who knew the golfer personally, said he was “one of Galway’s greatest ambassadors”.

Today his close friend Pat O’Grady told how everyone was left reeling by his sudden death.

“He lived life to the full. He had time for everybody and none for himself, that was the problem.

“There was no sign that he was ill.

“He was never as busy,” he told Galway Bay fm.

Friends of the golfer are now liaising with the Irish consulate in Tenerife making arrangement to bring his remains home.

Former Minister Frank Fahy said he had lost a great friend describing it as “devastating“.

“He was a remarkable character and he loved life,” he added.

Irish Independent