Tom McKibbin: Northern Eire teenager turns professional and can play

Northern Eire teenager Tom McKibbin has turned professional and his first European Tour occasion within the paid ranks might be this week’s Tenerife Open. McKibbin, 18, recorded a number of victories at prestigious males‘s and youth occasions on either side of the Atlantic, together with a win on the Junior Honda Basic.

He additionally represented Eire on the House Internationals and narrowly missed a spot at this yr‘s Walker Cup. “I’m delighted to make my skilled debut subsequent week,” McKibbin mentioned. “Thanks to everybody who has supported me all through my beginner profession and the European Tour for this chance.”

After making his skilled debut in Tenerife, McKibbin will compete within the European Tour and Problem Tour occasions for the rest of 2021.McKibbin has signed a administration settlement with JMC Sport, whose director of participant administration, Mitchell Tweedie, mentioned they had been “delighted to start out this journey with him.”

“I look ahead to seeing him develop and prosper on the assorted world excursions.” McKibbin performed in varied European Tour and Problem Tour occasions as an beginner, together with the Northern Eire Open and the World Invitational occasions at Galgorm Fortress in his native Northern Eire.

His triumphs at youth golf occasions around the globe inevitably led to comparisons to compatriot Rory McIlroy and the duo have fashioned a detailed bond, with the four-time Main winner serving to mentor McKibbin, who can also be a local of the identical Holywood Membership. on the outskirts of Belfast. .

McKibbin’s beginner profession additionally included representing Nice Britain and Eire twice within the Jacques Leglise Trophy towards Europe, which is performed on the U-18 degree. He additionally reached the ultimate of the Australian Beginner Championship final yr.

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