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Golfer Darren Clarke takes Ryder Cup to Royal Portrush at start of trophy tour

Published 12/04/2016

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke at the Royal Portrush golf club in County Antrim

Darren Clarke took the Ryder Cup to his home club of Royal Portrush as a transatlantic tour to showcase the famous trophy kicked off in Northern Ireland.

The European team captain said it was "very special" to be able to start the international roadshow so close to home.

"To have the Ryder Cup trophy tour start off here in Northern Ireland is very, very special and to have it here at Royal Portrush - I only live up on the hill up there - so it's wonderful to start off here," he said.

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 Tuesday.

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

"It's one of those iconic trophies that people don't really get the opportunity to see and with the tour it's going to let people see it," said former Open champion Clarke.

On Wednesday, 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.

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim. Presseye
European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim. Presseye
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-04-2016: European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim Northern Ireland. The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will continue on Wednesday 13th April, Northern Irish golf fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it is put on public display at City Hall in Belfast (from 9.00am ­ 10.30am) and The Dome at Victoria Square (from 11.00am ­ 9.00pm). Fans will have the opportunity to be photographed alongside the trophy free of charge ­ and pledge their support to the European team through social media. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-04-2016: European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim Northern Ireland. The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will continue on Wednesday 13th April, Northern Irish golf fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it is put on public display at City Hall in Belfast (from 9.00am ­ 10.30am) and The Dome at Victoria Square (from 11.00am ­ 9.00pm). Fans will have the opportunity to be photographed alongside the trophy free of charge ­ and pledge their support to the European team through social media. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-04-2016: European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim Northern Ireland. The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will continue on Wednesday 13th April, Northern Irish golf fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it is put on public display at City Hall in Belfast (from 9.00am ­ 10.30am) and The Dome at Victoria Square (from 11.00am ­ 9.00pm). Fans will have the opportunity to be photographed alongside the trophy free of charge ­ and pledge their support to the European team through social media. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-04-2016: European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim Northern Ireland. The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will continue on Wednesday 13th April, Northern Irish golf fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it is put on public display at City Hall in Belfast (from 9.00am ­ 10.30am) and The Dome at Victoria Square (from 11.00am ­ 9.00pm). Fans will have the opportunity to be photographed alongside the trophy free of charge ­ and pledge their support to the European team through social media. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim. Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th April 2016
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th April 2016 European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim. The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will continue on Wednesday 13th April, Northern Irish golf fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it is put on public display at City Hall in Belfast (from 9.00am ­ 10.30am) and The Dome at Victoria Square (from 11.00am ­ 9.00pm). Fans will have the opportunity to be photographed alongside the trophy free of charge ­ and pledge their support to the European team through social media.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-04-2016: European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim Northern Ireland. The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will continue on Wednesday 13th April, Northern Irish golf fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it is put on public display at City Hall in Belfast (from 9.00am ­ 10.30am) and The Dome at Victoria Square (from 11.00am ­ 9.00pm). Fans will have the opportunity to be photographed alongside the trophy free of charge ­ and pledge their support to the European team through social media. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th April 2016 European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim. The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will continue on Wednesday 13th April, Northern Irish golf fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it is put on public display at City Hall in Belfast (from 9.00am ­ 10.30am) and The Dome at Victoria Square (from 11.00am ­ 9.00pm). Fans will have the opportunity to be photographed alongside the trophy free of charge ­ and pledge their support to the European team through social media.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th April 2016 European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke and the Ryder Cup trophy pictured at Royal Portrush GC in Co. Antrim. The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour will continue on Wednesday 13th April, Northern Irish golf fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the famous trophy, when it is put on public display at City Hall in Belfast (from 9.00am ­ 10.30am) and The Dome at Victoria Square (from 11.00am ­ 9.00pm). Fans will have the opportunity to be photographed alongside the trophy free of charge ­ and pledge their support to the European team through social media.

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