John O & # 039; Leary: former Irish Open winner and Ryder Cup player dies

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John O'Leary's Irish Open victory at Portmarnock in 1982 was the most famous of his career

. 1982 Irish Open winner and former Ryder Cup golfer John O & # 39; Leary passed away after a 70-year illness.

The Dubliner turned professional in 1971 and was selected for the Ryder Cup team of Great Britain and Ireland after strong performances in 1975.

That same year, O & # 39; Leary had success on the South African Tour and in 1976 claimed his first European title at the Greater Manchester Open.

He won his second European Tour victory by claiming the Irish Open at Portmarnock.

The English Maurice Bembridge finished second in the event, one shot behind the Irishman.

It would be another 25 years before another Irish golfer would win the tournament – Padraig Harrington triumphed at Adare Manor in 2007.

The Dubliner lost his four Ryder Cup games when the Americans were 21- 11 run out. winners at Ligonier, Penn sylvania in 1975.

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