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The Open: Internet golf sensation Noah stunned to meet hero Tommy Fleetwood

A golf prodigy from Belfast has been left starstruck after meeting his hero Tommy Fleetwood at The Open.

Five-year-old Noah Adnett, who has become a social media hit after videos of his golfing skills went viral online, enjoyed a dream day at the event in Portrush.

The Dundonald boy met Fleetwood twice on Tuesday and he was so starstruck the first time that he refused to get his picture taken.

Fleetwood, one of the stars of Europe's 2018 Ryder Cup team, happily chatted with Noah and signed an Open Championship cap for his number one fan.

Noah's mum Jody said: "Noah went with his dad to the practice green and couldn't believe that he got to meet Tommy Fleetwood. He was so excited he was scared to get his picture taken the first time.

"They then met again and Noah couldn't take his eyes off Tommy. He just kept staring at him, he couldn't believe he was there in the flesh and Tommy Fleetwood was laughing at how starstruck he was.

"He was brilliant with him and talked away to him and thankfully Noah relaxed enough to get his picture taken the second time."

Videos of Noah's mighty drives have gone viral on Twitter and Instagram where they have been viewed over 30,000 times and retweeted by hundreds of astonished followers.

The star-in-the-making is already following in Rory McIlroy's footsteps by training at his home club of Holywood under the tutorage of Rory's close friend and professional coach Ricky McCormick, who has described him as "a natural".

Noah's natural swing and ability to drive the ball over 130 yards have also stunned onlookers at Holywood and Knock, where he also practices.

Little Noah only started to play in his grandmother's garden last summer and now all his spare time is taken up with practising his game.

Jody commented: "All he wants to do now is play golf and after being in Portrush on Tuesday all he has talked about is The Open and how he wants to play at it. I just said 'maybe one day son'.

"He is just mad about Tommy Fleetwood and it's brilliant that he got to meet him and see him play."

Belfast Telegraph