Tom McKibbin Player Profile And What's In The Bag
Northern Ireland's Tom McKibbin has won his first DP World Tour title with a two-shot victory at the European Open in Hamburg.
The 20-year-old carded a three-under-par 70 to finish nine under and beat home hopes Maximilian Kieffer and Marcel Siem, with France's Julien Guerrier also finishing on seven under.
"It's pretty amazing, yes, it's been a good day," McKibbin told Sky Sports.
"I was in a good group with Jordan [Smith] and David [Law] so it was pretty nice. It was just nice to go out there and put a really, really nice round together.
"I've learnt that I am good enough to win. I always thought I was but to prove it today was pretty special.
"I guess I have learnt a lot from failures and missing cuts by a shot and just missing things ever so slightly. So to take all of those things that I have learnt and to put them into play tonight was really nice.
"It will probably not sink in until tomorrow. To have my dad here, he comes most weeks, is pretty special. To win in front of him is pretty amazing.”
McKibbin started the day in a six-way tie for the lead but seized the initiative in the final round with birdies at the fourth, seventh and ninth holes.
A wayward drive at the par-five 11th spelled a bogey and he dropped another shot at the par-four 13th.
He got lucky at the par-five 15th when his second narrowly avoided the water, allowing him to get up and down for a birdie.
The Holywood man closed out the win in style with a birdie at the par-five 18th.
McKibbin was born in Belfast on December 19, 2002 and learnt the game at Holywood Golf Club, the course where Rory McIlroy was a child prodigy. He was the world junior champion in 2015 and In January 2020 he lost to Jediah Morgan in the final of the Australian Amateur.
He turned professional in April 2021 at the age of 18.
McKibbin played on the Challenge Tour in 2022. He was in contention to win the Cape Town Open in February and finished in a tie for third. He also finished solo second at the Irish Challenge at the K Club in July. In November, at the Challenge Tour Grand Final, McKibbin shot a final-round 66 to finish tied-sixth and lift him to 10th place in the Challenge Tour Rankings, gaining his card to play on the DP World Tour. During the season he enjoyed eight top-10 finishes. He is the youngest golfer from Ireland since Rory McIlroy to hold a DP World Tour card
In February 2023, McKibbin held the 36-hole lead at the Singapore Classic. In only his second start, at the South African Open, he recorded a hole in one. He finished in a tie for 18th place at the Joburg Open in his first appearance.
He started this past week ranked 335th in the world and 69th in the Race to Dubai. He is now up to 23rd in the Race to Dubai and 162nd in the world rankings.
Porsche European Open - 1st
KLM Open - T21st
Italian Open - CUT
Korea Championship - CUT
ISPS Handa Championship - CUT
Jonsson Workwear Open - T71st
SDC Championship - T18th
Magical Kenya Open - T25th
Thailand Classic - CUT
Singapore Classic - T12th
Driving Distance - 320.84 Yards
Driving Accuracy - 59.51%
Greens in Regulation - 71.53%
Sand Saves - 49.30%
Putts Per Round - 29.95
Scoring Average - 70.59
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