Christy O'Connor Jnr

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Christy O'Connor Jnr
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Full name Christy O'Connor Jnr
Born (1948-08-19) 19 August 1948 (age 65)
Galway, Ireland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Nationality  Ireland
Residence Dublin, Ireland
Turned professional 1967
Former tour(s) European Tour
European Seniors Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 17
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 4
Champions Tour 2
European Seniors Tour 2
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 1977
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T3: 1985
PGA Championship DNP

Christy O'Connor Jnr (born 19 August 1948) is an Irish golfer. He is known as "Junior" because he is the nephew of another leading Irish golfer Christy O'Connor.

O'Connor was born in Galway. He turned professional in 1967. The European Tour officially began in 1972, and O'Connor made the top hundred on the Order of Merit in each of its first twenty-one seasons, with a best ranking of seventh in 1975. He won four European Tour events. As a senior he has competed on both the European Seniors Tour and the U.S. based Champions Tour, and has won two Senior British Open titles (before it became one of the senior majors) and two Champions Tour events.

O'Connor played in the Ryder Cup twice. In 1975 he was a member of a losing Great Britain & Ireland team and in 1989 he was part of a European team which tied the match to retain the trophy. His personal record was one win, three loses and no ties. His win over Fred Couples was best remembered for a stunning 2 iron shot on the last hole at The Belfry which he left just 4 feet from the hole.

O'Connor is also active in golf course design.

Professional wins[edit]

European Tour (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 14 Jun 1975 Martini International −9 (71-68-70-70=279) Tie Australia Ian Stanley
2 31 Aug 1975 Carroll's Irish Open −21 (66-70-69-70=275) 1 stroke Scotland Harry Bannerman
3 9 Apr 1989 Jersey Open −3 (73-70-66-72=281) Playoff England Denis Durnian
4 31 May 1992 Dunhill British Masters −18 (71-67-66-66=270) Playoff Zimbabwe Tony Johnstone

European Tour playoff record (2–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1972 Penfold Bournemouth Tournament England Peter Oosterhuis Lost on first extra hole
2 1986 Bell's Scottish Open Australia Ian Baker-Finch, Northern Ireland David Feherty Feherty won with birdie on second extra hole
3 1989 Jersey Open England Denis Durnian Won with par on first extra hole
4 1992 Dunhill British Masters Zimbabwe Tony Johnstone Won with birdie on first extra hole

Other (9)[edit]

  • 1973 Irish Match Play Championship
  • 1974 Zambia Open
  • 1975 Irish Match Play Championship, Irish Dunlop Tournament
  • 1976 Sumrie-Bournemouth Better-Ball (with Eamonn Darcy)
  • 1977 Irish Match Play Championship, Irish Dunlop Tournament
  • 1978 Sumrie-Bournemouth Better-Ball (with Eamonn Darcy)
  • 1990 555 Kenya Open

European Seniors Tour (2)[edit]

Senior PGA Tour (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 4 Jul 1999 State Farm Senior Classic −18 (65-66-67=198) 1 stroke United States Bruce Fleisher
2 15 Aug 1999 Foremost Insurance Championship −11 (69-68-68=205) 4 strokes United States George Archer, United States John Jacobs, United States Jim Thorpe

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Open Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP T24 T47 T5 T52 CUT T36
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Open Championship CUT DNP CUT T8 CUT T3 T11 CUT CUT T49
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
The Open Championship T25 T32 DNP T39 T60 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T60

Note:O'Connor did not play in the U.S. Open or PGA Championship.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances[edit]

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