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|Full name||Eamonn Christopher Darcy|
|Born||7 August 1952|
Delgany, County Wicklow
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Residence||Enniskerry, County Wicklow|
|Current tour(s)||European Seniors Tour|
|Former tour(s)||European Tour|
|Highest ranking||57 (4 August 1991)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour of Australasia||2|
|Best results in major championships|
|The Open Championship||T5: 1991|
Darcy, with a handicap of 12, turned professional at the age of 16, in 1968,.becoming an assistant at Grange Golf Club in Dublin. The following year he moved to Erewash Valley Golf Club in Derbyshire, staying until 1979.
Darcy's tournament career coincided with the start of the European Tour in 1972. He first came to notice in 1974 when he was a joint runner-up in the Nigerian Open. In Europe he was tied for third place in the Portuguese Open and tied sixth in the Dunlop Masters, finishing 36th in the Order of Merit.
Darcy finished third on the Order of Merit in 1975 and made that year's Ryder Cup team, his first of four performances. The following year he was second on the Order of Merit, only behind Ballesteros. Despite a number of great performances, however, Darcy did not win either season. This became something of a trend as Darcy only posted four European Tour wins compared to 13 runner-ups. This was punctuated by his tough-luck playoff record of 0–4.
Darcy's first European Tour win was at the Greater Manchester Open in 1977, handily defeating a trio of British golfers by 8 shots. In the off-season, Darcy would often play on the Australian Tour with much success, winning the 1980 Air New Zealand Shell Open and the 1981 West Lakes Classic. He would also finish runner-up at the 1980 New Zealand Open.
Darcy was a consistent performer on the European Tour in the 1980s, finishing in the top 30 of the Order of Merit eight times. He won the 1983 Benson & Hedges Spanish Open and 1987 Volvo Belgian Open, shooting a final round 64 to defeat Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam down the stretch. However, his greatest moment may have come at the historic 1987 Ryder Cup. In his last ever Ryder Cup match, he defeated American Ben Crenshaw on the last hole to secure an individual win and the team's 13th point. His performance was indispensable as it ultimately determined an outright win. (Europe would win by the score 15–13.) His victory was especially memorably because he had an extremely poor Ryder Cup record (0–8–2) entering the match. It was his only Ryder Cup win as an individual (or as a member of team).
Darcy's career began to wind down in the 1990s. He recorded his final official victory at the 1990 Emirates Airlines Desert Classic. The following year, he contended for a major championship for the first time at the 1991 Open Championship. He entered the final round just one shot out of the lead. He could not keep up with the rest of the leaders but his even-par 70 was good enough for T-5, his best finish ever in a major. Though he still kept his card through the decade, 1991 was the last season he was in the top-50 of the Order of Merit. In 2002 he joined the European Seniors Tour.
Darcy was noted for having one of golf's strangest swings.
Professional wins (15)Edit
European Tour wins (4)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||19 Jun 1977||Greater Manchester Open||−11 (69-67-66-67=269)||8 strokes|| Brian Barnes, Ken Brown,|
|2||23 Oct 1983||Benson & Hedges Spanish Open||−11 (67-71-67-72=277)||1 stroke||Manuel Piñero|
|3||20 Jun 1987||Volvo Belgian Open||−13 (69-67-64=200)||1 stroke|| Nick Faldo, Ronan Rafferty,|
|4||25 Feb 1990||Emirates Airlines Desert Classic||−12 (64-68-75-69=276)||4 strokes||David Feherty|
European Tour playoff record (0–4)
|1||1976||Penfold PGA Championship||Neil Coles, Gary Player||Coles won with par on third extra hole|
Player eliminated by par on first hole
|2||1982||Jersey Open||Bernard Gallacher, Des Smyth||Gallacher won with par on fifth extra hole|
Darcy eliminated by birdie on second hole
|3||1983||State Express Classic||Hugh Baiocchi, Mike Sullivan||Baiocchi won with birdie on first extra hole|
|4||1991||Murphy's Cup||Tony Johnstone||Lost to eagle on second extra hole|
Australian Tour wins (2)Edit
Other wins (9)Edit
- 1976 Sumrie-Bournemouth Better-Ball (with Christy O'Connor Jnr), Cacharel World Under-25 Championship
- 1978 Sumrie-Bournemouth Better-Ball (with Christy O'Connor Jnr)
- 1981 Cock of the North
- 1982 Benson & Hedges Kenya Open, Irish Professional Championship
- 1984 Mufulira Open
- 1988 Irish National PGA Championship
- 1992 Irish National PGA Championship
Results in major championshipsEdit
|The Open Championship||CUT||T15||T34||CUT||CUT|
|The Open Championship||T45||T14||T35||T26||CUT||T11||T59||T17||CUT||CUT|
|The Open Championship||T22||T5||T33|
Note: Darcy only played in The Open Championship.
CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1975 and 1984 Open Championships)
"T" indicates a tie for a place
- Ryder Cup (representing Great Britain and Ireland/Europe): 1975, 1977, 1981, 1987 (winners)
- Double Diamond International (representing Ireland): 1975, 1976, 1977
- Hennessy Cognac Cup (representing Great Britain and Ireland): 1976 (winners), (representing Ireland) 1984 (captain)
- Philip Morris International (representing Ireland): 1976
- World Cup (representing Ireland): 1976, 1977, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1991
- Alfred Dunhill Cup (representing Ireland): 1987, 1988 (winners), 1991
- "Week 31 1991 Ending 4 Aug 1991" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
- "I'd wanted to be a jockey... but golf came to the fore!". Irish Independent. 24 June 2017.
- "Newton wins Nigerian Open". The Glasgow Herald. 25 February 1974. p. 5.
- "Eamonn Darcy". European Tour. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
- Mell, Randall (24 October 2012). "A history of golf's strange swings". Golf Channel. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
- "Darcy a relieved winner". The Glasgow Herald. 18 March 1984. p. 20.