Tom McKibbin Seals Maiden DP World Tour Title At Porsche European Open

The 20-year-old from Holywood, Northern Ireland, held off two home favourites to win his maiden pro title in Germany

Tom McKibbin salutes the crowd at the Porsche European Open
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Tom McKibbin held off home favourites Marcel Siem and Max Kieffer to seal his maiden DP World Tour title at the Porsche European Open.

The Northern Irishman made it the first of potentially two victories for Holywood Golf Club on Sunday with Rory McIlroy co-leading on the PGA Tour heading into the final round.

McKibbin was one of six players tied for the leading with 18 to play and his three-under-par 70 at Green Eagle just south of Hamburg sealed his maiden professional title and first ever DP World Tour trophy.

The 20-year-old was two-under for his first 17 holes, taking a one stroke advantage up the last where he was faced with a tricky second into the par 5. He was forced to draw an iron round a tree on the closing hole, where a bogey would have dropped him into a playoff.

He stepped up and hit the shot of his life, a high, towering draw around the tree that landed softly and settled inside 10ft from the pin. Playing partner Jordan Smith even clapped him. McKibbin duly two-putted to seal the title.

"I'm good enough to win. To prove it today was pretty special," he said after victory.

“I’ve played with Rory quite a bit, I’ve been able to watch him and playing with him has been valuable for me to see where my game is at," McKibbin said of his fellow Holywood Golf Club graduate Rory McIlroy last year. "It’s been good for me to have some moments with him.”

McIlroy will have surely been watching a TV in Ohio and have some extra impetus to make it a Holywood double tonight.

McKibbin, who graduated from the Challenge Tour last season, picks up a huge $340,000 for the victory in his rookie year on the main tour. He is also set to rise up to around 150th in the world from his current position of 335.

A life-changing week and the start of a very bright future.

Porsche European Open final leaderboard:

  • 1st - Tom McKibbin -9
  • T2nd - Marcel Siem, Max Kieffer, Julien Guerrier -7
  • 5th - Frederic Lacroix -5
  • T6th - Jordan Smith, David Law, Alexander Bjork, John Axelsen -4
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV