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Could this be the next Rory McIlroy? Rising young golfing star Keaton Morrison hot on Holywood man's tail

By Claire Williamson

Watch out Rory McIlroy - there is another young golfing prodigy hot on your tail.

He may only be 11-years-old but Keaton Morrison has his sights firmly set on success.

Brimming with pride, he is pictured holding the plate he received at the famous Pinehurst course in North Carolina USA for being in the top 20, while competing in the World Championships in the age 11 group.

The Belfast boy, who will be starting first year in Belfast Royal Academy in September, has been playing golf for three years and is already making a big impact in the junior golfing world.

Keaton practices whether it be rain, hail or shine and is coached by Jony Foster.

And all of his hard work is paying off as he has also won a host of other trophies in the past few months, including triumphs in the Forest Feast competition at Blackwood Golf Club, Co Down and the Ballyearl Junior Masters, which he won by an incredible 10 shots.

Proud father Wilson said: "Keaton has been competing at European and World level for a while now, playing at the European Championships in Gullane, Scotland, which earned him his place at the famous Pinehurst course.

"Keaton works really hard and practices seven days a week in all conditions.

"He has been playing golf for three years and sets himself very high goals. This year his goal was to be in the top 20 in the world, which he achieved.

"Next year the goal is top five, then the two-year plan is to be a world champion."

Wilson added: "He just loves it, morning, noon and night."

Keaton said: "I'm just grateful that I get to go out and play something that I love every day."

He plays at Holywood Golf Club, the home of his golfing hero, world number one Rory McIlroy.

The talented youngster has met McIlroy many times.

He was lucky enough to be at the club when the Holywood man recently returned with the Claret Jug after winning the Open championship.

Last night professional boxer from Belfast, Carl Frampton, tweeted about the promising young golfer. He said: "Keaton Morrison breaks in to the top 20 in the world. Well done kid!"

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