Northern Ireland

Portrush proud to be home of champion

Portrush welcomes the US Open Champion
Image caption Graeme will always be sure where his home is now

Portrush is proud of its famous golfing son Graeme McDowell, and it wants everyone to know it.

So much so, when you now drive into the north coast seaside town a sign will welcome you the 'Home of US Open Champion Graeme McDowell'.

Graeme and his family joined the Mayor of Coleraine, Cllr Norman Hillis, on Friday for the fitting of the sign.

One of the signs sits at the Bushmills entrance to Portrush, just a few hundred yards from the fairways of Rathmore Golf Club where he perfected his golfing skills.

Just one month on from this Open win at Pebble Beach, Graeme said he was "delighted" by the signage.

"As a proud Portrush man, this is a huge honour and I am genuinely humbled by the level of recognition I have received in recent weeks," he said.

"The amount of support I have been given since my win, especially from the local community, has been totally overwhelming."

Two more signs will be placed on approach roads into the town from Coleraine and Portstewart.