Sunday 23 July 2017

SUCCESS STORY: IRELAND'S LIST OF INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS

All-time Irish winners of international tournaments in professional golf.

Christy O'Connor Snr (24)

Swallow Penfold (1955), Spalding, tie

(1956), Dunlop Masters (1956, 1959), News of the World Matchplay (1957), Gleneagles Hotel (1959), Daks (1959), Irish Hospitals (1960, 1962), Ballantine (1960), Carling Caledonian (1961), Martini International (tie 1963, 1964), Jeyes (1964), Carrolls (1964, 1966, 1967, 1972), Senior Service (1965), Gallaher Ulster Open (1966, 1968, 1969), Alcan International (tie 1968), John Player Classic (1970). Other: (8) PGA Seniors (1976, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983), World Seniors (1976, 1977), Canada Cup (1958, with Harry Bradshaw), European Order of Merit (1961, 1962).

Pádraig Harrington (18)

Spanish Open (1996), Brazil 500 Years

Open (2000), Turespana Masters (2000), Volvo Masters (2001), Dunhill Links Championship (2002 and 2006), BMW Asian Open (2002), Deutsche Bank Open TPC of Europe (2003), Hong Kong Open (2003), German Masters (2004), Honda Classic (2005), Barclays Classic (2005), Dunlop Phoenix, Japan (2006), Irish Open (2007), Open Championship (2007 and 2008), US PGA Championship (2008), Iskandar Johor Open, Malaysia (2010). Other: World Cup winning team (1997, with Paul McGinley), Target World Challenge (2002), King Hassan Trophy (2007), European Order of Merit (2006).

Darren Clarke (16)

Belgian Open (1993), German Masters (1996), Benson and Hedges International (1998), Volvo Masters (1998), English Open (1999, 2000, 2002), Andersen Consulting World Matchplay (2000), Smurfit European Open (2001), Dimension Data South Africa (2001), Chunichi Crowns Japan (2001), NEC Invitational (2003), Visa Taiheiyo Masters Japan (2004, 2005), BMW Asian Open (2008), KLM Dutch Open (2008). Other: Northern Ireland Masters (2003).

Ronan Rafferty (13)

Venezuelan Open (1982), South Australian Open (1987), New Zealand Open (1987), Australian Matchplay Championship (1988), Italian Open (1989), Scandinavian Open (1989), Volvo Masters (1989), PLM Open (1990), European Masters (1990), Portuguese Open (1992), Austrian Open (1993). Other: Dunhill Cup (1988 with D Smyth and E Darcy, 1990 with D Feherty and P Walton), Equity and Law Challenge (1988), European Order of Merit (1989).

Eamonn Darcy (11)

Sumrie Better-ball (1976, 1978, both with Christy O'Connor Jnr), Greater Manchester Open (1977), Air New Zealand Open (1980), Cock O'The North, Zambia (1981), West Lakes Classic, Australia (1981), Kenya Open (1982) Spanish Open (1983), Mufulira Open, Zambia (1984), Belgian Open (1987), Dubai Desert Classic (1990). Other: Dunhill Cup (1988).

Fred Daly (9)

Irish Open (1946), Open Championship (1947), PGA Matchplay (1947, 1948, 1952), Penfold (1948), Dunlop-Southport (1948), Lotus (1950), Daks (1952).

Des Smyth (8)

Sun Alliance Matchplay Championship (1979), Newcastle Brown "900" (1980), Greater Manchester Open (1980), Coral Classic (1981), Sanyo Open (1983), Jersey Open (1988), Madrid Open (1993), Madeira Island Open (2001). Other (5): SBC Classic (2005 Champions Tour), Liberty Mutual Legends (2005 Champions Tour), Arcapita Seniors Tour Championship (2005 European Senior Tour), Wentworth Senior Masters (2007), Travis Perkins Senior Masters (2010), Dunhill Cup (1988).

David Feherty (8)

ICL International, South Africa (1984), Italian Open (1986), Scottish Open (1986), Lexington PGA Championship (1988), BMW International (1989), Cannes Open (1991),

Bell's Cup, South Africa (1992), Madrid Open (1992). Other: Dunhill Cup (1990).

Christy O'Connor Jnr (8)

Zambian Open (1974), Irish Open (1975), Martini International (tie 1975), Sumrie Better-ball (1976 and 1978, both with Eamonn Darcy), Jersey Open (1989), Kenya Open

(1990), British Masters (1992). Other (4): _Senior British Open (1999, 2000), US State Farm Senior Classic (1999), Foremost Insurance Senior Championship (1999).

Graeme McDowell (7)

Scandinavian Masters (2002), Italian Open (2004), Ballentine's Championship Korea (2008), Scottish Open (2008), Wales Open (2010), US Open (2010), Andalucia Masters (2010).

Harry Bradshaw (6)

Irish Open (1947, 1949), Dunlop Masters (1953, 1955), Dunbar Open (1952), PGA Close Championship (1958). Other: Canada Cup (1958, with O'Connor Snr).

Eddie Polland (5)

Palmeco Classic (1971), Penfold-Bournemouth (1973), Sun Alliance Matchplay Championship (1975), Spanish Open (1976, 1980).

Paul McGinley (4)

Austrian Open (1996), Oki Pro-Am (1997), Wales Open (2001), Volvo Masters (2005). Other: European Under-25 Championship (1991), World Cup (1997, with Harrington).

John O'Leary (4)

Holiday Inns, South Africa (1975), Sumrie Better-ball (1975, with Jack Newton), Greater Manchester Open (1976), Irish Open (1982).

Philip Walton (3)

French Open (1990), Catalan Open (1995), English Open (1995). Other: Dunhill Cup (1990).

Jimmy Martin (3)

Piccadilly (1964), Silent Night (1965), Carrolls International (1968).

Hugh Boyle (3)

Yomiuri Open, Japan (1966), Daks (1966), Blaxnit (1967).

Rory McIlroy (2)

Dubai Desert Classic (2009), Quail Hollow Championship (2010).

Ernie Jones (2)

Cox Moor (1961), Kenya Open (1971). Other: PGA Seniors (1984).

Liam Higgins (2)

Kerrygold International (1977), Kenya Open (1977).

Pat O'Hare (1)

North and South Open, Pinehurst (1922).

Norman Drew (1)

Yorkshire Evening News (1959).

David Sheahan (1)

Jeyes Tournament (1962, as an

amateur).

Hugh Jackson (1)

Piccadilly Medal Fourball (1968, with RH Emery).

Jimmy Kinsella (1)

Madrid Open (1972).

Paddy McGuirk (1)

Carrolls International (1973).

Paddy Skerritt (1)

Alcan International (1970). Other: PGA Seniors (1978, 1980).

David Jones (1)

Kenya Open (1989). Other: PGA

Club Pro Championship (1978,

1979)

Damien McGrane (1)

Volvo China Open (2008).

Peter Lawrie (1)

Spanish Open (2008).

Michael Hoey (1)

Portuguese Open (2009)

Shane Lowry (1)

Irish Open (2009, as an amateur)

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