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Darren Clarke thanks stranger who paid his toll booth fee as he kicks off Ryder Cup tour in Northern Ireland

You can get a look at the Ryder Cup in Belfast on Wednesday

By Claire Williamson

It was a random act of kindness paid to one of our sporting stars.

Darren Clarke may be a household name and a face recognised around the world - but the rules of the toll booth still apply to the Dungannon man.

Clarke who will captain the European Ryder Cup team later this year did not have any Euro change as he approached the northbound M1 toll station from Dublin.

So a good Samaritan stepped up and paid the €1.90 for the golfing star.

He later tweeted his thanks.


Clarke is currently in Northern Ireland as part of a transatlantic tour to showcase the Ryder Cup.

On Tuesday he took the Ryder Cup to his home club of Royal Portrush.

The trophy will visit a number of European destinations over the coming months, helping to build excitement ahead of September's showdown between Europe and the US at Hazeltine, Minnesota.

After being hand-delivered to Royal Portrush by Clarke, the Ryder Cup visited Portrush harbour and Dunluce Castle.

On Wednesday, fans will have the opportunity to get close to the coveted prize in Belfast.

The Ryder Cup will be on public display at City Hall in Belfast from 9.00am-10.30am and The Dome at Victoria Square from 11.00am-9.00pm.

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