Mystery man in Kerry jersey causes a stir at US Masters

MARIAN O'FLAHERTY

Published 11/04/2012 | 08:41

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Causing a stir in the Geen and Gold: The mystery man in a Kerry jersey who attracted world attention at the US Golf Masters in Augusta at the weekend.

THE eyes of the world may have been on the US Masters over the past few days however the hot topic on everyone's lips last Friday night wasn't how Tiger Woods or Rory Mcilroy was faring; it was 'who was the fella in the Kerry jersey?'

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As US pro Tom Watson approached the crowd during the live coverage of the golf tournament, which was being beamed live across the world by ESPN, Sky Sports and BBC last Friday, the camera caught sight of a man wearing a Kerry GAA jersey.

Though the image was brief, social media network Twitter was soon alive with chatter as to the identity of the mystery man wearing the Green and Gold at one of the world's most prestigious golf tournaments.

RTE'S Des Cahill was one of the first to notice, tweeting an image of the gentleman in question. He even went as far to tweet that Philip Reid of The Irish Times, who was at the Masters in Augusta, told him that the jersey seemed to have been signed by Kieran Donaghy.

This prompted a flurry of comments and questions; among them one from Damien Mcgeady (@damian1971) who claimed this couldn't be a true Kerryman because "they only travel for finals".

People were fascinated by the Kerry GAA jersey-wearer; was he an authentic Kerryman or someone who had acquired the jersey and may have not have been aware of its GAA gravitas? The chatter continued and soon #Kerrymanatthemasters was a hot topic on Twitter with the speculation continuing well into Saturday.

Finally all was revealed by Sean Browne (@jadesbar) who got in touch with The Kerryman (@kerryman_ on Saturday to reveal that the man in the Kerry jersey was one Hugh O'keeffe from Kells, whose father Gearoid had won tickets to the Masters in a draw hosted by Laune Rangers GAA Club.

Bubba Watson may have gone on to win the tournament, watched by countless millions around the globe, but it is nice to see that the Green and Gold can still cause a stir so far from home.

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