Northern Ireland golfer Darren Clarke is said to be so chuffed with his famous Claret Jug that he takes it everywhere he goes and refuses to put it into aeroplane holds when he travels.
Reports claim the the Dungannon golf ace, who won the prestigious cup in the British Open nearly a year ago, checks his luggage in but keeps his prized possession in his hands where he can keep an eye on it.
The 43-year-old was recently spotted at Dublin airport preparing for a flight to New York when he happily checked in his expensive Louis Vuitton luggage but kept the cup - from his first ever Major win - close by in a protective box.
A source told The Sun: “It was clear the trophy was Darren’s pride and joy. He happily posed for photos with fans but the jug was never far from his hand.”