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Tom McKibbin Claims Maiden DP World Tour Victory at European Open

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Tom McKibbin kept his cool to win his first DP World Tour title with a two shot victory at the European Open in Hamburg.

The 20-year-old Irishman recorded a final round 70 to finish the tournament on nine under and ward off competition from Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer and Marcel Siem and France’s Julien Guerrier, who all finished on seven under.

McKibbin, who acquired their skills in the same club as Rory McIlroy, began the final day in a six-way tie for the lead but took command, sinking birdies on the fourth, seventh, and ninth to steel a march on the rest of the competition.

However, the advantage diminished after bogeys on the 11th and 13th which led to Keiffer and McKibbin tie for the lead. McKibbin once again took charge of the lead with a birdie on the 15th and set up another on the 18th to secure his first DP World Tour triumph.

“It’s pretty amazing, yes, it’s been a good day,” McKibbin said speaking to 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.”

This was the rookie’s 26th start on the tour and has graduated from the Challenge Tour in November 2022.

The next event on the DP World Tour is the Scandinavian Mixed taking place between June 8-11 at the Ullna Golf and Country Club in Sweden.