Fred Daly (1911-1990)

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Frederick Daly (11 October 1911 – 18 November 1990) was a Northern Irish professional golfer who was best known for winning The Open Championship of 1947 at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.Daly was born in Portrush, County Antrim. He was the only Irishman from either side of the border to have won The Open until Pádraig Harrington won it in 2007 and the only Northern Irish major winner until Graeme McDowell won the 2010 U.S. Open. He won the Open in 1947 while professional to the Balmoral Club in Belfast. He won with a score of 293 by a single stroke from Frank Stranahan (an amateur) and R W Horne. During his acceptance speech at Royal Liverpool, Daly said he was very honoured to receive the Claret Jug and take it back to Northern Ireland. He went on to say that the trophy had never been to Ireland and that he was hoping that the change of air would help it. There was much applause and laughter at his humorous comments.In addition he added the News of the World Match Play tournament which was the main British Match Play Championship, becoming the first golfer since James Braid (1905) to win both the Open and the Match Play title in the same year. Daly is also still the only Ulsterman to have won the Irish Open, which he did in 1946 at Portmarnock.Daly played in the Ryder Cup in 1947, 1949, 1951 and 1953.Daly died in Belfast of a heart attack, aged 79.

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