Christy O'Connor Sr
Published 27/04/2015 | 02:30
Just when it seemed he might succumb to the passing years, Himself set new standards for competitive longevity.
As a 50-year-old in 1975, he led Ireland in the Double Diamond international team event and was then honoured with captaincy of the GB&I Club Professionals team for the PGA Cup matches against the US at Hillside.
A distinguished seniors career beckoned. By that stage, the 1972 Carrolls International had delivered what proved to be the last of 24 European victories.
With a world record top prize of £25,000 in the 1970 John Player Classic and an unprecedented 10 successive Ryder Cup appearances from 1955 to 1973, his record was considered almost unsurpassable.
Most remarkable of all was during the 1960s, he managed to win at least one European tour event every season. Indeed 1958 was his only fallow year since breaking through in 1955.
On that occasion, he tied third behind Peter Thomson in The Open at Royal Lytham.