Christy O'Conner calls
for Senior Ryder Cup
Christy O'Conner jun may
be incapacitated because of his accident a couple of months ago but he is still
He was in Adare yesterday
to sign a contract as touring professional for Adare Manor and Golf Club and called
for a Seniors Ryder Cup match between the United States and Europe.
That in itself is not a
new concept but he suggested strongly that Adare Golf Club would be an ideal location.
"I would dearly like to see it happen here. Myself and Christy senior have a long
association with Adare through the late Bob Wallace. He was the professional at
Adare Manor Golf Club before he moved to Galway Golf Club. He was the man who
brought the two of us into professional golf."
In case you are confused,
let me explain that there are two golf courses side be side in the village of
Adare. The older of the two by far is called Adare Manor Golf Club while next
door is a much more recent design by the late Trent Jones.
It is in the grounds of
the Manor and is called Adare Golf Club. Christy is attached to the latter. Christy,
unfortunately, will be unable to defend his the British Seniors at Royal County
Down next month. He still has several pins through his left leg but hopes to play
a few tournaments on the European Seniors Tour at the end of the season.
He then hopes to resume
full activity next year on the US Seniors Tour from which he has received a medical
exemption. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews were not moved to give
him an exemption for next year's British Open.
As British Seniors Champion
he earned an exemption for this year's event at Royal Lytham and St Annes but
he was unable to postpone it until next year.
Meanwhile, the stars of
the European Tour are assembling at Fota Island for the Murphy's Irish Open. One
of the first to arrive was Thomas Bjorn who went four rounds the full distance
with Tiger Woods in Dubai and won.
The field of 156 will included
21 Irish players, six of them full members of the European Tour Darren Clarke,
Pádraig Harrington, Paul McGinley, David Higgins, Des Smyth and Ronan Rafferty.
The others qualify from the PGA Irish Region and invitations.
There are three amateurs,
Colm Moriarity, Andrew McCormick and England's Zane Scotland while the sponsors
have eight invitations. Five of those have to gone to Irish professionals. Eamonn
Darcy, Philip Walton, Sean Quinlivan, Keith Nolan and Paddy Gribben who got the
last spot when it transpired that Wayne Westner, a South African living and teaching
in Ireland, could not play.
The invitees are Raul Ballesteros,
a 20 year-old nephew of Seve, Domingo Hospital and England's Russell Clayton.
It is a pity that the sponsors
could not find a place for Gary Murphy of Kilkenny who qualified as a Tour player
last year but lost his main card and is playing on the Challenge Tour.
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