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Watch: 'Rory's next', says 13-year-old Oscar Murphy as his perfect tee shot beats Tommy Fleetwood and Dustin Johnson at Abu Dhabi Championship

By Gareth Hanna

Thirteen-year-old Oscar Murphy says he's now chasing down Rory McIlroy after he managed to upstage the world number one and the European champion at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The Omagh native, now living in Abu Dhabi, won a recent tournament and as part of his prize, earned the chance to 'Beat the Pro' and tee off alongside his golfing hero McIlroy, world number one Dustin Johnson and 2017 Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood.

Oscar seized his moment in the spotlight with remarkable confidence, stroking a perfectly-struck fairway-wood to 20 foot from the flag on the 177-yard par-three 15th. That was even good enough to squeeze his shot inside two of the three world-class professionals.

"It was unbelievable," Oscar explained on BBC Radio Ulster's Good Morning Ulster. "I got to walk up to the green with them and I was closer than Dustin Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood but Rory beat me to it.

"I just talked to them about my game and where I'm from - all to do with golf. (Rory) and Tommy Fleetwood said they wish they could hit my shot the way I did."

Have a look at his shot right here:

Playing with your hero, Rory McIlroy - ✔️ Taking down the World Number One - ✔️ Today is a day 13 year old Oscar Murphy will never forget.

Posted by European Tour on Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sampling the life of a star, Oscar was interviewed by Nick Dougherty on Sky Sports and, having successfully seen off two of the three pros, he had a warning for the former world number one.

"Rory's next," he smiled.

"It was surreal. It was probably one of the best days of my life. I was standing beside the tee-box when they were teeing off and my legs were shaking.

"I played a three-wood off the front foot so I could get it a bit higher and land it softly. It was a perfect strike."

Oscar, who moved with his family to Abu Dhabi back in 2014, now plays off a handicap of six and is hoping to follow in McIlroy's footsteps into the world of professional golf.

"It's very hard to explain the pride we as a family feel," said dad Damian. "We're so excited for Oscar. It's his dream come true. Rory's his hero and maybe this is just stage one of realising his real dream.

"When your son has got a lot of talent and love for the game, it's up to him. We point him in the direction and away he goes."

Oscar was told of his prize just the day before at his school assembly and said he 'cried tears of joy'.

If his swing on show in Abu Dhabi is anything to go by, he won't take long to trim a few more shots off his already impressive handicap.

If we needed any more evidence of that, here's a video showing Oscar last year taming a 512 yard par five to claim a birdie:

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