Fred Daly (golfer)

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Fred Daly
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Frederick Daly
Born (1911-10-11)11 October 1911
Portrush, Ireland
Died 18 November 1990(1990-11-18) (aged 79)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Nationality  Northern Ireland
Status Professional
Professional wins 21
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship Won: 1947
PGA Championship DNP

Frederick Daly (11 October 1911 – 18 November 1990) was a Northern Irish professional golfer who was best known for winning The Open Championship of 1947 at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.[1]

Daly was born in Portrush, County Antrim. He was the only Irishman from either side of the border to have won The Open until Pádraig Harrington won it in 2007 and the only Northern Irish major winner until Graeme McDowell won the 2010 U.S. Open. He won the Open in 1947 while professional to the Balmoral Club in Belfast. He won with a score of 293 by a single stroke from Frank Stranahan (an amateur) and R W Horne.

During his acceptance speech at Royal Liverpool, Daly said he was very honoured to receive the Claret Jug and take it back to Northern Ireland. He went on to say that the trophy had never been to Ireland and that he was hoping that the change of air would help it. There was much applause and laughter at his humorous comments.

In addition he added the News of the World Match Play tournament which was the main British Match Play Championship, becoming the first golfer since James Braid (1905) to win both the Open and the Match Play title in the same year.

Daly is also still the only Ulsterman to have won the Irish Open, which he did in 1946 at Portmarnock.

Daly played in the Ryder Cup in 1947, 1949, 1951 and 1953.

Daly died in Belfast of a heart attack, aged 79.

Tournament wins (21)[edit]

this list is incomplete

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runners-up
1947 The Open Championship Tied for lead +5 (73-70-78-72=293) 1 stroke England Reg Horne, United States Frank Stranahan

Results timeline[edit]

Of the four majors, Daly only played The Open Championship.

1946 1947 1948 1949
T8 1 2 DNP
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
T3 T4 3 11 T35 T12 DNP CUT T20 DNP
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Team appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "1947 Fred Daly". The Open. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 

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