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Christy O'Connor, Jr. has died at 67

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Post by kwinigolfer Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:35 pm

Sad to see this. His Belfry 2-iron and win over Fred Couples is probably still giving Freddie nightmares.
Himself still going strong at 91 apparently.

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Post by super_realist Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:51 pm

Thought he was about 67 when he played that shot Kwini. No idea he was that "young".

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Post by McLaren Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:01 pm

What happened to him?
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Post by Roller_Coaster Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:03 pm

One of my earliest golf based memories (at least one that has stayed there) that 2 iron shot.

Know (embarrassingly) little about him but seemed to enjoy the game. Cap duly doffed.

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Post by kwinigolfer Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:24 pm

Mac,
He died; on holiday in the Canaries apparently.

Could well have enjoyed a terrific Senior career, two Senior Opens and a couple of US Senior Tour wins before he injured himself badly. In a motor-bike accident I think?

Only won one Ryder Cup match in two appearances, but that one match assures him legendary status.

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Post by hend085 Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:49 pm

met him and also us uncle a couple of times- both absolute gentlemen. Irish golf owes them both alot.
RIP

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Post by McLaren Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:10 pm

"Senior British Open champion Christy O'Connor Jnr will be out of golf for at least six months after he broke a leg in a freak accident.
The Irishman sustained a double-fracture of his left leg at his home in Galway on Thursday evening.

O'Connor was cleaning his Harley Davidson motorcycle when the machine fell on top of his leg"

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/northern_ireland/1253090.stm (march 2001)


It also seems his son was killed in a road traffic accident when only 17.
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Post by super_realist Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:17 pm

Had to laugh at that story Mac, not the son's death but the motorcycle.

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Post by hogie Thu Jan 07, 2016 7:57 pm

RIP Christy

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Post by Davie Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:19 pm

Sad loss but I wonder if CO'C Jr would be remembered as much if his shot at the Belfry all those years ago had been with a 9I and not a 2I. Anyone who has played the game knows how tough that shot was. If it had been a 1 iron he'd be canonised by now!

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Post by raycastleunited Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:49 pm

From that distance it would probably be a 6 iron for today's players

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Post by super_realist Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:00 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JviQmLtFBLA

Here's a bunch of guys trying the very shot.

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Post by Be_the_ball Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:14 pm

Yes indeed RIP Christy Jnr.

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Post by Be_the_ball Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:57 pm

super_realist wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JviQmLtFBLA

Here's a bunch of guys trying the very shot.

Somber thread aside for a sec, I do get a great laugh out of Crossfield & Lockey the banter is classic and the injustice of that vid just exemplifies Lockey's lot. Still a signed up member of #LockeysArmy though.

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Post by kwinigolfer Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:31 am

http://www.bbc.com/sport/golf/35295079

Sounds like a huge turnout in Galway . . . . . .


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Post by super_realist Thu Jan 14, 2016 6:53 am

Be_the_ball wrote:
super_realist wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JviQmLtFBLA

Here's a bunch of guys trying the very shot.

Sombre thread aside for a sec, I do get a great laugh out of Crossfield & Lockey the banter is classic and the injustice of that vid just exemplifies Lockey's lot. Still a signed up member of #LockeysArmy though.

What I like about Crossley and his crew (not that it is always funny to us) is that they are great examples of people doing golf for the right reason: Fun, genuine fun too, not the gerrymandered pseudo fun like 9C etc claim to be enduring.
Always good to remember why we actually started the game, not to reduce our handicap or win competitions or play for a team, but because it's enjoyable.

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