Legends Have Played Here

Perhaps the greatest pioneer in the history of the game, Old Tom Morris, came to Royal Dublin and played two matches here on June 7, 1894. Also in that year, Royal Dublin hosted its first championship event, the Irish Amateur Open.

 

 

Since then the greatest golfers in the world - both professional and amateur - have come to play in some of Ireland's great tournaments at the famed links.

 


Famous golfers to have played Royal Dublin include:

Legend Achievements
Old Tom Morris The pioneer of the professional game played Royal Dublin in 1894
Bobby Locke South African winner of four British Opens
Christy O'Connor The greatest Irish player of his generation and associated with Royal Dublin since 1959
Joe Carr One of the most successful amateurs in history
Tony Jacklin Winner of British and US Opens
Lee Trevino Winner of six major titles
Jack Nicklaus Holder of the record of 18 major titles
Seve Ballesteros Winner of six majors and won three Irish Opens, two at Royal Dublin in 1983 and 1985
Raymond Floyd Winner of four majors, including two PGA Championships, the 1976 Masters and 1986 US Open
Bernhard Langer Masters champion and winner of the Irish Open at Royal Dublin in 1984 (pictured above with trophy)
Nick Faldo Winner of six majors
Greg Norman Twice British Open champion and perenial favourite of golf fans
Ernie Els Winner of British and US Opens

In fact the list of great golfers who have played the links is long and distinguished, and includes more major winners like Ian Woosnam, Ian Baker Finch, Curtis Strange, Sandy Lyle, Corey Pavin, Bob Charles, Wayne Grady and of course our own major winners Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke.

More recently a crop of new young professionals have graced Royal Dublin fairways including Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson and Louis Oosthuizen.

Many personalities have played Royal Dublin over the years, among them President Clinton, pictured with Club President Mr. Frank McDevitt on the occasion of his visit in 2004.  President Clinton returned earlier this year and renewed acquaintance with Anthony Birney our starter, who caddied for him on both visits to the Club.

Club President Mr. Frank McDevitt with former US President Bill Clinton

Television commentator David Feherty won his first professional tournament at Royal Dublin- The 1980 Irish National PGA Championship. In fact Royal Dublin hosted the tournament from 1978 through 1980 and it was won by Christy O'Connor, Des Smyth and David Feherty respectively.

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