Watch Ryder Cup Hero Christy O'Connor Jnr's Stunning 2-Iron at The Belfry in 1989
Born in Galway in 1948, Christy O'Connor Jnr - who sadly passed away today in Spain - followed the path of his Open Championship runner-up uncle (of the same name) into professsional golf. Winning four times on the European Tour, and twice on the Champions Tour in the United States, the Irishman played on two Ryder Cup teams, in 1975 and later in 1989.
That second appearance would be the more memorable, however, with the 41-year-old facing a youthful Fred Couples in the singles at The Belfry. With the match all-square on the imposing final hole of the Brabazon, O'Connor faced the intimidating approach with a 2-iron in hand. The result would be electrifying to the thousands in attendances, with a brilliantly struck shot flying majestically through the air and to within four-feet of the hole. Incredible.
In winning that match over the American, O'Connor helped to ensure that Europe would retain the trophy after an overall tie to the showpiece event 27 years ago. It is a moment of golf history that will never be forgotten, and it will forever ensure that Christy O'Connor remains a spoken about player. He is an indelible part of Ryder Cup folklore.
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