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Rory McIlroy believes Irish teen golfer Tom McKibbin is the ‘real deal’

during the final round of the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates on November 22, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
McIlroy has invited the youngster to play the pro-am before the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open [Picture: Getty]
RORY McILROY has hailed 13-year-old Irish golfer Tom McKibbin as ‘the real deal’ after inviting the youngster to play alongside him later this month.

The Antrim teenager, won the Junior World Championships last year, will partner McIlroy at The K Club in the pro-am pre-tournament warm-up at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open on May 18.

McKibbin has the chance to build on his huge potential by learning from his compatriot McIlroy, and the world number three is excited to be mentoring the talented youngster.

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“Tom McKibbin is a great talent,” McIlroy said. “I played a round with Tom 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.”


Jamie Casey

Jamie Casey is Sports Editor of The Irish Post. Follow him on Twitter @jamiecasey37

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