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Former Ryder Cup player John O'Leary has died aged 70

Former Ryder Cup player John O'Leary has died aged 70

Former Ryder Cup player John O'Leary has died aged 70

Tributes have been paid to former Ryder Cup player John O'Leary, who has died aged 70.

The Irishman played on the European Tour for more than two decades, winning twice, including the 1982 Irish Open at Portmarnock, and represented Great Britain and Ireland in the 1975 Ryder Cup.

When O'Leary retired as professional, he joined the European Tour's board of directors, on which he sat until March 2019, and was credited with playing a significant part in bringing the Ryder Cup to Ireland for the first time in 2006 when Europe won at The K Club.

"More sad news in the passing of my friend and fellow Irishman 'Jonno' O'Leary - always a dedicated follower of fashion and all round great guy," victorious 2014 Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley tweeted.

Sam Torrance wrote: "So sad to hear of the passing of one of my dearest friends and roommate for 10 years on tour RIP my old pal John Oleary."

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