Golfing Superfan turns into Superstar as Northern Ireland’s Oscar Murphy outplays World Number 1 Johns & Race to Dubai Winner Fleetwood
Dream shot on dream day as Omagh’s Oscar walks in the footsteps of hero McIlroy
Watch the astonishing moment Rory McIlroy super fan and HSBC Future Falcon player Oscar Murphy seized his chance to make a dream come true at the #ADGolfChamps.
The 13-year-old from Northern Ireland, like his hero, won a local skills tournament as part of the junior golf programme, the HSBC Future Falcons. The young golfer who moved to the UAE capital 3 years ago, earning the opportunity of a lifetime with prize to tee off alongside his idol McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
On Thursday during the opening round of $3million tournament, the Tyrone-born native joined the star-studded group of world No1 Dustin Johnson, Race to Dubai winner and reigning Abu Dhabi HSBC Champion Tommy Fleetwood and McIlroy.
In front of millions on live TV and packed 15th hole at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Murphy rose to the occasion to hit a beautiful 3-wood tee-shot on the 177-yard par-3 – hitting it well inside the golfing superstars of Fleetwood and Johnson.
“It was unbelievable with everyone cheering for me,” Oscar said. “I got to walk up to the green with them and saw I was closer than Dustin Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood but Rory beat me to it. If anyone was going to beat me I suppose it’s ok that it was Rory who did it!”
The youngster who practices 3 to 4 times a week and aspiring to being a golf professional one day had been emotional on hearing the news of his prize of playing with his hero. The announcement was made only day prior with Murphy finding out in front of his entire school, which the heartwarming reaction of tears of joy.
After calming down Murphy was relaxed and focused before his big moment but suddenly felt his legs go beneath him when he got the tee and realized he’d practiced the wrong distance.
“I was very relaxed this morning and was hitting the shot really well in practice. I was told I’d have to hit it 150 yards but when I got to the tee, I was told I’d be playing off the same tees as the professionals so I’d to swap club. But I just took a deep breath and did my best with my 3-wood. I couldn’t be happier as Rory and Tommy both said they couldn’t hit it as good as that!”
When a dream becomes a reality.
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