Even the professionals get stage fright from time to time.
And that couldn’t have been more apparent when world number one Tommy Fleetwood and Dustin Johnson took part in the ‘Beat the Pro’ challenge at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship earlier this week.
In a gesture to reward young players coming up in the game, a youth player who has won an event is selected to play a hole alongside the pros.
The selection this time around was a 13-year-old Northern Irish fan called Oscar Murphy.
Murphy, who now lives in Abu Dhabi, lined up alongside the two pros and his idol Rory McIlroy on the tee of the 15th. The par three hole was a nice length for the youngster to show his golfing skills.
Well, he certainly did that, driving a ball that fell just 25 yards of the pin.
His hero McIlroy spoiled his party somewhat by outdriving him and winning the hole, but it did little to shadow the teenager’s impressive skills.
The commentator was as surprised as anyone, uttering: “What a crackerjack, eh?”
His shot made Twitter and other social media outlets explode and people were quick to show they were now fans of the young and talented golfer.
One user said: “Good bless that lil man. I definitely think we’ll see him soon.”
Another was amazed, stating: “Wow. Great looking swing.”
“He hit a great shot,” commented Rory McIlroy, who is currently in 3rd place in the tournament with a day to go.
Tommy Fleetwood also praised Oscar, claiming: “Me and Rory both said ‘we don’t have that in our locker’.”
The youngster was interviewed about his moment of fame, and he joked: “Rory next.”
If he continues to show this sort of talent, it wouldn’t surprise many to see him playing with the pros in the not too distant future.
Back on the course, Belgian Thomas Pieters is tied with England’s Ross Fisher with a stroke advantage at -17. Young Murphy’s hero Rory McIlroy had a sensational day, scoring 65 on day 3 leaving him one stroke behind the leaders in his pursuit of his first Abu Dhabi HSBC title.