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Grab selfie with Ryder Cup as trophy tours Northern Ireland

By Lesley Houston

Published 15/03/2016

2016 European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke with the trophy
2016 European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke with the trophy

Golf fans will get a chance to bask in the gilded glow of one of the sport's most coveted trophies when the Ryder Cup goes on a tour of Northern Ireland next month, being displayed at three venues.

European captain Darren Clarke will present the gold trophy at its first port of call, Royal Portrush, on April 12, hot off a helicopter from Gleneagles where the European side triumphed in 2014.

Northern Ireland is on a select list of countries to host the figurine-topped cup ahead of the 2016 showdown which takes place at Hazeltine in Minnesota from September 30 to October 2.

The tour will also visit France and Italy before the European team bids to beat the Americans for the fourth time in a row.

Belfast City Hall will display the cup on Wednesday, April 13, from 9am-10.30am before it goes on show at Victoria Square's dome from 11am-9pm.

Fans will be allowed to take selfies with the famous cup and pledge their support to the European team through social media.

In addition, there will a social media campaign launched later in the year - for those people following @RyderCupEurope on Twitter - with the ultimate prize being to win the trophy tour at your chosen location for a whole day.

Dungannon man Clarke said: "As captain of the European team, I'm delighted that so many people across the Continent will get the opportunity to share their excitement and take part in The Ryder Cup trophy tour.

"I hope that European golf fans will take the opportunity to come and see the trophy when it's on display and get behind Team Europe ahead of the match at Hazeltine in September."

Richard Hills, European Ryder Cup director, said: "From a European perspective, it's important to get European fans behind us and we hope the Ryder Cup trophy tour will generate significant fan support, both on-the-ground and also via social media."

Fans can find out details about the Ryder Cup trophy tour if they visist www.rydercup.com.

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