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McKibbin exits but future is bright


By Adam McKendry

After an extremely impressive debut round at the European Tour's Shot Clock Masters, 15-year-old Tom McKibbin struggled in his second round and missed the cut in Austria.

The Holywood golfer shot a one-under par first round of 71, scoring better than over half of the 120-strong field at Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, but could only card a six-over par 78 in his second round leaving him well adrift of the cut mark.

Having managed the nerves well yesterday, the teenager couldn't replicate his performance on day two and was already back to four-over by the time he made the turn.

McKibbin, playing the course backwards, suffered a double bogey at the 13th, which was followed by dropped shots at the 14th, 17th and 18th.

Another double bogey followed at the second, however the young star did finish with something to take away from the week having birdied the eighth.

While he will be bitterly disappointed not to have capitalised on his Thursday round, this marks another step on the right path for golfing wonderkid McKibbin, whose fledgling career goes from strength to strength.

Having won the inaugural Major Champions Invitational in Florida back in March, hosted by Nick Faldo, the teen has now announced himself on the professional scene and will have caught the eye of several onlookers.

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