Golf Legend Dies Unexpectedly Over the Holidays

Jan 2, 2016

The golfing community has suffered a terrible loss as golf legend Christy O’Connor Jr. died at the age of 67. Deer Creek, a Deerfield Beach golf course, pays respect to the legendary golfer O’Connor. Christy O’Connor was one of Ireland’s finest golfers and sportsmen who made significant contributions to the world of golf in Ireland, on top of being a role model for many Irish golfers and golfers worldwide.

Over O’Connor’s golf career, he won four championships on the European tour, played in two Ryder Cup tournaments, and championed two British Open Senior titles. He will be best remembered for his two iron shots to the 18th hole before sinking a birdie putt that was his ace in the hole to win a Ryder Cup victory for Europe in 1989, at the famous Belfry course. O’Connor is also remembered as an avid golf course designer, and in his later years, stayed active by fundraising for organizations in his hometown of Galway.

Deer Creek Golf Club is saddened by the sudden death of such an influential and contributing golfer. It is reported that O’Connor passed away unexpectedly while on vacation in Spain, at the age of 67. Although not much else is known at this time, one thing for sure – everyone is in shock. O’Connor is survived by his wife Ann, his son Nigel, and daughter Ann. O’Connor had another son who tragically died in a car accident at the age of 17, in 1998.

The golfing staff and community at Deerfield Beach’s South Florida public golf course sends their condolences to the O’Connor family and their friends during this terribly tragic time. The sport of golf has lost a great member that will be remembered by the entire golfing community.