Northern Ireland's US Open champion Graeme McDowell has told how his fame got him off a speeding ticket in America.
The Portrush golfer (31) who enjoyed a dream season on the fairways last year has spoken candidly about his journey from a Rathmore amateur to the high life on the professional circuit.
He said: “I am shocked just how many people seem to know who I am, especially after the Chevron tournament. Going head-to-head with Tiger that Sunday afternoon probably did more in terms of recognition than the Ryder Cup and the US Open.
“I got pulled over the other week when I was driving in Florida. I wasn't massively over the limit but before I knew it my speeding ticket became a warning.
“The cop was back in his car with my driver's licence, checking me out, and I guess it dawned on him who I was. Seems he was a golfer, too,” he told the Guardian.