PICS: Shane Lowry and Paul McGinley have been leading the tributes to Christy O'Connor Jnr
There is a lot of love going around today for an Irish sporting hero.
Irish golfing legend Christy O'Connor Jnr passed away today at the age of 67.
The Ryder Cup winner and nephew to Christy O'Connor was an inspiration to many up and coming Irish players, and the tributes have been pouring in today from far and wide.
Two men to have shared a few kind words are 2015 Bridgestone Invitational winner Shane Lowry and the victorious Ryder Cup captain, Paul McGinley.
Very sad news today about Christy O'Connor Jnr. An absolute legend of Irish golf. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.
— Shane Lowry (@ShaneLowryGolf) January 6, 2016
We've lost a true Irishman, character and golfer - Christy O Connor jnr RIP
— Paul McGinley (@mcginleygolf) January 6, 2016
While English golfer Ian Poulter shared this image.
Very sad news this morning. RIP Christy O'Connor Jnr ??? pic.twitter.com/KFNrqfS3WO
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) January 6, 2016
The Dublin native's passing has led to many more tributes being shared, with one moment resonating with people in particular...
RIP Christy O'Connor Jnr. A wonderful golfer, a gentleman and still the greatest Ryder Cup shot I've ever seen. #golf
— Dave Canty (@Tremdave) January 6, 2016
RIP Christy O'Connor Jnr...2 iron over the water at the Belfry....
— Jim O'Toole (@JimOToole) January 6, 2016
RIP Christy O Connor Jnr..???. I'll never forget that 2 iron at The Belfry in the #RyderCup...
— Colin Shortall (@Colshort66Colin) January 6, 2016
Sad to hear of the death of Christy O'Connor Jnr whose career became defined by one iconic shot. It remains one of my favourite images. RIP.
— Barry Brett-McStay (@bazmcstay) January 6, 2016
Christy O'Connor jnr and that 3 iron at the belfry, legendary moment in Irish sport!!! Rest in peace legend
— Hocmarti (@hocmarti) January 6, 2016
Sad news about the death of Christy O'Connor Jnr. That 2 iron to the 18th in the '89 #RyderCup remains a favourite moment.
— johnmc72 (@johnmc72) January 6, 2016
Shocked to hear about the death of Christy O'Connor Jnr. Had the pleasure of meeting him on a number of occasions. #RIP
— Niall McGrath (@niallmcgrath4) January 6, 2016
And there were other memories...
Christy O'Connor Jnr RIP. I remember his ball hitting a lad on the head on the old 4th in enniscrone, '89 I think. Some drive to be fair!
— Ronan O'Reilly (@RonanOReilly4) January 6, 2016
Sad to hear the news that Christy O'Connor Jnr has died. He was a true gentleman and legend of the game of golf.
— Neil O'Brien (@NeilOBrien1) January 6, 2016
Thank you Christy O'Connor Jnr for your contribution to https://t.co/C7SVPNUAim sporting hero! Sleep peacefully
— Richard O'Connor (@oconnorrichard5) January 6, 2016