Over the years Ireland has seen many top players who have had great success not only on home soil but also in team events such as the Ryder Cup. They have more than played their part in helping to secure the Cup for the team. Paul McGinley, who is not necessarily a household name, is one of Ireland's top golfers and it was he that holed the winning Ryder Cup putt of 2002 to secure the trophy for the European Team.
Ireland can boast amongst its great players a Major Tournament in Padraig Harrington who won the British Open in 2007 at Carnoustie. This was his first Major win and for many up to this point he was the proverbial loser finishing second in so many tournaments. Although he did his best to throw away the 136th British Open on the final hole, he was given a second chance in the play off, which he took. That victory took him into the top ten in the World - a position he still holds today.
One Northern Irishman who was expected to win a Major was Darren Clarke and although his form has gone up and down over the years, there is every likelihood that he could re-emerge and get back amongst the world's golfing elite.
One Irish Golfing great was Christy O’Connor Junior; he won the Irish Open in 1975 at Portmarnock and in the same year finish seventh in the European order of merit. Christy won four European Tour events in his illustrious career. He played in two Ryder Cups and is a name synomous with Irish Golf.