After turning professional in 1967, Irish golfing legend Christy O’Connor Jnr was at the forefront of the PGA European Tour for over two decades. He won seventeen times in seven different countries during a very successful career on all PGA tours. Christy represented his country on numerous occasions including the World Cup, the Alfred Dunhill Cup, the Double Diamond, the Hennessey Cup and the Ryder Cup. His most memorable being the 1989 Ryder Cup matches at the Belfry when he defeated the then world no.1 Fred Couples, when he hit a magnificent two iron to the 18th green which created a one hole victory and helped Europe to retain the Ryder Cup.
Christy joined the European Seniors Tour in 1998 and the US Senior Tour in 1999. He claimed his first title at the State Farm Senior Classic near Baltimore after surviving high temperatures and a late challenge from Bruce Fleisher to win by one stroke. He returned to the North of Ireland in July of that year and won his first major title the Senior British Open at Royal Portrush. He won in the US for a second time in mid August of 1999 at the