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Ryder Cyp win caps weekend of lifetime for twins Stuart and Andrew

By Amanda Ferguson

Identical twins Stuart and Andrew Graham have been "living on adrenaline" during their work experience of a lifetime at Gleneagles.

The 16-year-old golf-mad schoolboys from Dundonald on the outskirts of east Belfast were among 2,000 volunteers selected from a pool of 17,000 people who had applied for the chance to be part of the 40th Ryder Cup.

Last night Grosvenor Grammar pupil Stuart told the Belfast Telegraph he and his brother had been lucky enough to witness the exact moment Europe knew they had retained the title.

“Andy and me were fortunate enough to be there when Jamie Donaldson got the win,” he said.

The twins, both members at Rory McIlroy’s home club in Holywood, have had one of the best weeks of their lives at Gleneagles.

“Me and Andy have volunteered at golf events before and were so happy to be accepted to be merchandise assistants in the tented village.

“We had to work five hours a day and the rest of the time was free to ourselves.

“It has been overwhelming being here. We’re living on adrenaline.”

The boys were thrilled to meet their famous clubmate earlier in the week. “I got a high five from Rory,” Stuart crowed.

Meanwhile, sports and entertainment stars have been taking to Twitter to congratulate Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell on their role in Europe's win.

Moneyglass champion jockey AP McCoy said, “Well done Paul McGinley’s Team Europe” and IBF Super bantamweight boxing champion Carl Frampton, from north Belfast, wrote: “@McIlroyRory & @Graeme_McDowell take a bow lads #RyderCup2014.”

Footballer Rio Ferdinand remarked: “Some round of golf from @McIlroyRory that was” and One Direction singer Niall Horan praised McDowell for his comeback on the final day of play. “Wow @Graeme_McDowell what a comeback! Congrats,” he wrote.

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