GOLF star Graeme McDowell is among 54 people from Northern Ireland recognised in the New Year honours. The Portrush sportsman is the youngest of Ulster’s recipients. He also netted a pair of Ascot Hospitality Tickets that he says his wife can’t wait to drag him along to!

McDowell said he was proud at being chosen for the “unique acknowledgement”.

“It is a huge honour for me to be included on the New Year Honours List,” he said. “For my achievements as a professional golfer to be recognised in this way is truly special. Both myself and my family are very proud of this unique acknowledgement.”