Fred Daly by Mark Robinson painted for 2011 Exhibition 'Open Champions' at Northern Ireland Assenbly, Stormont
Frederick J. Daly, MBE
(11 October 1911 – 18 November 1990)
was a Northern Irishprofessional golfer.
Daly was born in Causeway Street, Portrush on 11 October 1911, the son of Daniel and Anne Daly. His father was a blacksmith. He was the youngest of their six children. He attended a Public Elementary School in Portrush. He is best known for winning The Open Championship in 1947 at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake. Born in Portrush, County Antrim, he was the first Irishman from either side of the border to win the Open and the first to play in the Ryder Cup. He remained the only Irish winner of the Open until Pádraig Harrington won it in 2007 and the only Northern Irish major winner until Graeme McDowell won the U.S. Open in 2010.
Daly was awarded the MBE in the 1984 New Year Honours for services to golf.