The Senior tour, though, is about second chances, and at last week's State Farm Senior Classic at Hobbit's Glen Golf Club in Columbia, Md., O'Connor shot an 18-under 198, the lowest three-round score in relation to par this year, to beat Bruce Fleisher by one. But on Sunday evening it wasn't O'Connor's uncle who was in his thoughts. It was his son, Daren, who was 17 when he was killed in a car crash last September. "A win is a win to me, but I wanted to do it for him," said O'Connor. "I think he helped me out there today. It's a very sad day and a very happy day."
Before last week many U.S. fans didn't know Christy O'Connor from Carroll O'Connor, but the Irishman could add some flavor to the staid old Senior tour. Last Saturday, when temperatures soared to near 100°, O'Connor kept dipping his head into the ice of the soft-drink containers on the tee boxes. When a fan asked O'Connor how he was keeping cool, he said, "I'm thinking about having a cold pint of lager after the round and sitting down and singing some songs on the guitar." He also promised to do a jig if he won, but after holding off Fleisher, who narrowly missed chipping in for a tying eagle on the final hole, O'Connor did neither. Instead, he broke down in tears. "It's for him," he said.
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