Christy O’Connor, known affectionately in the golf world as “Himself” because of his great joie de vivre with which he embraced life – is unquestionably the greatest golfer to come out of Ireland since the end of World War II. No less an authority than Peter Alliss, the doyen of European golf, has lauded his friend and long-time Ryder Cup partner in stating, “Himself was a genius…a legend of Irish golf and golf in general.”
O’Connor’s legerdemain with his clubs is legendary in the annals of golf, especially in his native Ireland.
His impromptu performance on Bundoran’s par-3, 235-yard 13th hole is worth retelling. O’Connor, playing with some Bundoran members, landed a shot onto the green when another of his group did the same.
The man asked O’Connor what he played and he replied “4-iron.”