Paul McGinley leads praise for Tom McKibbin after latest victory
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:
Well done Tom - more validation of you being on the right track - keep going. Paul— Paul McGinley (@mcginleygolf) April 19, 2019
That was echoed by prestigious golf coach Claude Harmon III, son of Sky Sports analyst Butch, who simply added:
👏👏👏👏👏— Claude Harmon III (@claudeharmonIII) April 19, 2019
Another coach who was quick to praise him as well was Dubai-based Alex Riggs, who commented:
Clutch win 🏆 by tommckibbin at the Peter McEvoy Trophy. Claiming it in dramatic fashion in the two hole playoff. @ Maharashtra https://t.co/pQOJlhdLTe— Alex Riggs (@RiggsGolf) April 18, 2019
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:
@tommckibbin8 Well done Tom 🙌🏻— Tiarnan Mc Larnon (@Tmclarnon15) April 18, 2019
Our brilliant @nichildrenshosp #Ambassador @tommckibbin8 today won the prestigious Peter McEvoy Trophy after coming from 5 shots back to force a 3 way playoff! He won on the second playoff hole. #soproud Congrats Tom!!! pic.twitter.com/qAK4ymcFlY— NI Childrens Hospice (@nichildrenshosp) April 18, 2019
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