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If the cap fits ... Liam gets a Ryder Cup trophy of his own

AN IRISH golf fan jumped highest to come home from the Ryder Cup with a unique souvenir -- Jose Maria Olazabal's personally signed baseball cap.

When the European team captain threw it into the crowd at the Medinah Country Club in Chicago, Co Louth's Liam O'Reilly made a perfect catch.

Liam, a former championship winning member of the Cooley Kickhams football team, joked how he managed to climb that little bit higher to catch the cap.

"I think my old GAA training came good for me in the end," he said.

He was "absolutely thrilled" to have come home with the memento.

"We were just yards away when Olazabal signed his hat and threw it up over the crowd," he recalled.

"There was a bit of a scramble above us, so I couldn't believe it when I got my hands on it.

"It was just fantastic to get, as I'm a real fan of his," said Liam, who is from Point Road in Dundalk.

A keen golfer and member of Dundalk Golf Club, he travelled to Chicago to watch the competition with a group of golfing fans.

The group included his nephew Barry O'Reilly, who lives in Texas, and Patrick McGarity, who is originally from Co Louth, but now lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.

"The atmosphere was electric. Everyone thought the Americans had it won.

"On Sunday morning, Patrick said he was going to make the prediction that by the end of the day it would be dubbed 'the miracle of Medinah' and he was right."

Asked about his plans for Olazabal's cap, he said: "I've been reliving the moment so much since, so I think it will be framed."

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