Man about town G-Mac has really charmed the locals
While tournament host Rory McIlroy has been busy at the event - some would say at the expense of his golf - fellow countryman Graeme McDowell has been living it up in Newcastle.
The Portrush native has been seen out and about the town for the past week enjoying some of its many attractions.
The Major winner stopped into bar manager Eugene Carville's Tap Room and spent hours just chatting with the locals.
He added: "McDowell came in and he was around talking to everyone.
"One of our regulars was in from work. He's a painter and was covered in white paint and McDowell asked him what he did.
"He told him he was a solicitor.
"It was great craic and he stayed on for a couple of hours and was happy just chatting to people."
He added: "Miguel Angel Jimenez was also in and he is some character.
"He had the cigars on the go and was laughing and joking away with everyone."
Many businesses around the town said McDowell had gone out of his way to call in and have a chat with them.
They said the 35-year-old was in great spirits and loving the prospect of playing golf at Royal County Down.
A cheeky tweet from juice bar Sucos about how one of their smoothies was just what was needed ahead of a round of golf, secured an order from McDowell and his team.
Karen Malone from the shop explained: "We just said he should try the Ironman - which is one of our most popular drinks, full of healthy nutrients and energy - and his team got in touch and ordered a lot of them.
"And he loved it, but then he would, because it's a lovely drink."