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In Pictures: A nostalgic look at Christy O'Connor Junior's memorable career

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Christy O''Connor Jnr of the European team is congratulated  captain Tony Jacklin and his wife after victory over the USA in the Ryder Cup at the Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England.  \ Mandatory Credit: Simon Bruty /Allsport

Christy O''Connor Jnr of the European team is congratulated captain Tony Jacklin and his wife after victory over the USA in the Ryder Cup at the Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Simon Bruty /Allsport

Christy O''Connor Jnr of the European team is congratulated captain Tony Jacklin and his wife after victory over the USA in the Ryder Cup at the Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Simon Bruty /Allsport

There were so many memorable moments during a glittering career for Christy O'Connor Junior, none more so than the 1989 Ryder Cup when his brilliant two-iron and birdie putt secured the trophy for Europe.

Here is his career in pictures.

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24 Sep 1989:  Christy O''Connor Jnr of the European team is congratulated  captain Tony Jacklin and his wife after victory over the USA in the Ryder Cup at the Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England.  \ Mandatory Credit: Simon Bruty /Allsport

24 Sep 1989: Christy O''Connor Jnr of the European team is congratulated captain Tony Jacklin and his wife after victory over the USA in the Ryder Cup at the Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Simon Bruty /Allsport

76 Christy O'Connor jnr playing in the CarrollsIriah OPen Championship Aug.1976 INDO PIC  indo pic
Scanned from the NPA archives.

76 Christy O'Connor jnr playing in the CarrollsIriah OPen Championship Aug.1976 INDO PIC indo pic Scanned from the NPA archives.

12 May 2000; Christy O'Connor Jnr watches his drive off the 5th tee box, during the AIB Irish Seniors Open Golf at Tulfarris Golf and Country House Hotel, Co. Wicklow. Picture credit; Matt Browne/SPORTSFILE*EDI*

12 May 2000; Christy O'Connor Jnr watches his drive off the 5th tee box, during the AIB Irish Seniors Open Golf at Tulfarris Golf and Country House Hotel, Co. Wicklow. Picture credit; Matt Browne/SPORTSFILE*EDI*

30 Jul 2000:  Christy O''Connor Jnr of Ireland celebrates victory in the British Senior Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in County Down, Northern Ireland. \ Mandatory Credit: Michael Cooper /Allsport

30 Jul 2000: Christy O''Connor Jnr of Ireland celebrates victory in the British Senior Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in County Down, Northern Ireland. \ Mandatory Credit: Michael Cooper /Allsport

TAMWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 17:  Christy O'Connor Jnr of Ireland holes a dramatic winning putt in his singles match against Fred Couples of the USA during the Johnnie Walker 1989 Ryder Cup match on the Brabazon Coourse at The Belfry on September 17, 1989 in Tamworth, England.  (Photo by Peter Dazeley/Getty Images)

TAMWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 17: Christy O'Connor Jnr of Ireland holes a dramatic winning putt in his singles match against Fred Couples of the USA during the Johnnie Walker 1989 Ryder Cup match on the Brabazon Coourse at The Belfry on September 17, 1989 in Tamworth, England. (Photo by Peter Dazeley/Getty Images)

TAMWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 17:  Christy O'Connor Jnr of Ireland holes a dramatic winning putt in his singles match against Fred Couples of the USA during the Johnnie Walker 1989 Ryder Cup match on the Brabazon Coourse at The Belfry on September 17, 1989 in Tamworth, England.  (Photo by Peter Dazeley/Getty Images)

TAMWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 17: Christy O'Connor Jnr of Ireland holes a dramatic winning putt in his singles match against Fred Couples of the USA during the Johnnie Walker 1989 Ryder Cup match on the Brabazon Coourse at The Belfry on September 17, 1989 in Tamworth, England. (Photo by Peter Dazeley/Getty Images)

14 May 1999; Christy O'Connor Jnr and his caddy Brian Smallwood make their way to the 3rd Green during the AIB Irish Seniors Open at Mount Juliet, Co. Kilkenny. Picture credit; Matt Browne/SPORTSFILE

14 May 1999; Christy O'Connor Jnr and his caddy Brian Smallwood make their way to the 3rd Green during the AIB Irish Seniors Open at Mount Juliet, Co. Kilkenny. Picture credit; Matt Browne/SPORTSFILE

25 July 2002; Christy O'Connor Jnr watches his tee shot from the 11th tee box during the Senior British Open, Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Co. Down. Golf. Picture credit; Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE*EDI*

25 July 2002; Christy O'Connor Jnr watches his tee shot from the 11th tee box during the Senior British Open, Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Co. Down. Golf. Picture credit; Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE*EDI*

28 July 2002; Christy O'Connor Jnr watches his tee shot from the 6th tee box during the Senior British Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Co. Down. Golf. Picture credit; Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE *EDI*

28 July 2002; Christy O'Connor Jnr watches his tee shot from the 6th tee box during the Senior British Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Co. Down. Golf. Picture credit; Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE *EDI*

21 February 2005; AIB, one of the partners in Ireland's successful bid to bring the Ryder Cup to Ireland in 2006, has strengthened its Ryder Cup links by signing Christy O'Connor Jnr to be their Ryder Cup ambassador up to and including the event in September 2006. Helping Christy with his jacket is Billy Andrews of AIB. AIB Bankcentre, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture credit; Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

21 February 2005; AIB, one of the partners in Ireland's successful bid to bring the Ryder Cup to Ireland in 2006, has strengthened its Ryder Cup links by signing Christy O'Connor Jnr to be their Ryder Cup ambassador up to and including the event in September 2006. Helping Christy with his jacket is Billy Andrews of AIB. AIB Bankcentre, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture credit; Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

3 June 2005; Christy O'Connor Jnr watches his drive from the 12th tee box during round one of the AIB Irish Seniors Open. Heritage Golf & Country Club, Killenard, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

3 June 2005; Christy O'Connor Jnr watches his drive from the 12th tee box during round one of the AIB Irish Seniors Open. Heritage Golf & Country Club, Killenard, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

30 Jul 2000:  Christy O''Connor Jnr of Ireland kisses the trophy after victory in the British Senior Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in County Down, Northern Ireland. \ Mandatory Credit: Michael Cooper /Allsport

30 Jul 2000: Christy O''Connor Jnr of Ireland kisses the trophy after victory in the British Senior Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in County Down, Northern Ireland. \ Mandatory Credit: Michael Cooper /Allsport

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24 Sep 1989: Christy O''Connor Jnr of the European team is congratulated captain Tony Jacklin and his wife after victory over the USA in the Ryder Cup at the Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Simon Bruty /Allsport

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