Tom McKibbin, a Nothern Irish teenager, has been invited to play alongside golfing champion, Rory McIlroy, in the pro-am ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open on 18 May.
13-year-old Tom is no amateur himself, after taking up golf just before his ninth birthday he won the Junior Honda Classic in Florida earlier this year and in August 2015, he won the World Junior Championships aged 12. McIlroy won the same event at the age of nine.
When asked what he thought about McKibbin as an up and coming golfer, McIlroy said, “Tom is a great talent”.
“I played a round with him in Florida recently and he is the real deal. At only 13 years of age, I think he has a remarkable golfing future ahead of him.
“Having seen him play a couple of times now, he impresses me more each time. And I can think of no better place to showcase his talents than at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at the K Club.”
McKibbin, a Co. Antrim native also commented on this whole experience by saying, “I met Rory while I was in Dubai last October and we got chatting while we were both practising. When I won the Honda Classic in Florida in January, Rory sent me a message and invited me to play golf with him.
“I have to thank Rory for inviting me to play in the pro-am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Not only do I get a day off school, but I get to play alongside one of the best golfers in the world! It’s getting close now and I’m pretty excited. I’ve been practising as often as possible.”
Best of Luck Tom we hope you smash it over there!