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Paul McGinley leads praise for Tom McKibbin after latest victory

Tom McKibbin has had praise heaped on him from across the world
Tom McKibbin has had praise heaped on him from across the world
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Rising Northern Irish golfer Tom McKibbin picked up his latest tournament win this week and there have been some high-profile names lining up to congratulate him.

16-year-old McKibbin won the Peter McEvoy Trophy at Copt Heath Golf Club in Solihull on Wednesday, beating another local man, Aaron Marshall of Lisburn, and Melan Dhaubhadel of England in a three-way play-off.

Holywood teen McKibbin holed a sensational chip shot over a bunker on the second play-off hole for a birdie, which was enough to give him the win, his second amateur ranking title and first of 2019.

The tournament is a prestigious event, and acts as the English Boys Open, with previous winners including former World No.1 Justin Rose, Lee Westwood as well as Irish players Gavin Moynihan (2012) and Mark Power (2016).

Already off a sub-scratch handicap and with no lack of talent, McKibbin is destined for big things in the golfing world and it hasn't gone unnoticed by some of the sport's biggest stars.

One of those who was quick to congratulate him on Twitter was former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, who wrote:

That was echoed by prestigious golf coach Claude Harmon III, son of Sky Sports analyst Butch, who simply added:

Another coach who was quick to praise him as well was Dubai-based Alex Riggs, who commented:

Of course, there was no shortage of praise from elsewhere for the golfing starlet, who is set to make a huge impact on the golfing landscape in 2019, which will be exciting to watch!

Here are some of the other comments from the week on McKibbin's sensational victory:

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