Bill Murray adopted as honorary Mayo man and poses with county flag

Bill Murray adopted as honorary Mayo man and poses with county flag

US comedy star Bill Murray has chosen his side ahead of the All-Ireland Gaelic Football final.

The Scrooged legend is travelling across the country playing the top gold courses for a new TV series The Links Life.

He recently spent time in Mayo playing the prestigious Belmullet Golf Course. The outgoing character was delighted to mix with the locals and pose for selfies with the club staff.

He was told about the upcoming All-Ireland final, which will see Mayo play either Kerry or Tyrone.

Mayo fans will be hoping this year they can finally get their hands on the prestigious Sam Maguire Cup, having come so close as losing finalists ten times since they were last crowned champions.

They have once again reached the final after beating six-time reigning champions Dublin in a thrilling semi-final.

Murray was told about Mayo’s painful history in the competition and decided to give them his full backing to end the heartache this time.

The Groundhog Day star posed with staff at the Talbot Hotel proudly holding the Co Mayo flag.

One Twitter commenters was quick to point out that Murray should be able to relate, as his character in Groundhog Day was tormented by having to live out the same day over and over again, similar to the way Mayo fans have suffered by losing five All-Ireland finals in the past nine years.

In fact, Mayo have seen their side lose in the final 10 times since they were last victorious way back in 1951.

There is a legend that the county’s side are under a curse issued by the local priest back in 1951. He was angered by their raucous celebrations disturbing a funeral and issued a curse that Mayo will never win an All-Ireland Championship again so long as any member of the victorious 1951 side remains alive.

This was more than 70 years ago, and if anybody is capable of inspiring the Mayo players to overcome the supernatural then it is surely Ghostbusting legend Murray.

Ahead of the final, Murray will continue to tour Ireland playing the top golf courses. He is being accompanied by veteran US golf writer Tom Coyne, who is presenting the show.

The series is being backed by Tourism Ireland, who hope it will showcase the world class golf the country has to offer and encourage fans to consider it as a possibility for their next sporting break.