Coleraine Councillor Barney Fitzpatrick said: “I want to take this opportunity to praise Graeme on this magnificent achievement. The fact that he is the first US Open winner from the Europe since 1970 shows just how massive this win is.
“His success has the potential to boost golf tourism to the area. We have some brilliant courses in the area and this will have helped promote this locality within the golfing world.
“Northern Ireland has a proud tradition in golf and we can continue very strongly in future with people like Graeme and Rory McIlroy.”