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Rookies John Murphy and Tom McKibbin will start their first season of the DP World Tour at the Joburg Open and chase the Open.

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Rookie John Murphy made his debut as a DP WorldTour player at the Joburg Open and is ready to battle for the coveted spot at The Open.

T.The Kinsale star (24) did well last week at the 108-hole elimination school.

Hollywood’s Tom McKibbin, 19, joined Johannesburg’s Houghton Golf Club, becoming the youngest Irish golfer to win the card since Rory McIlroy in 2007, finishing a glorious 10th place on the Challenge Tour.

Both hope to secure a spot at the 151st Open at Royal Liverpool, with the top three players filling up seats and earning tickets to Hoylake next July.

McKibbin had two of eight top 10 finishers in South Africa earlier this year and two of the world’s top 100 were never threatened by Christian Bezuidenhout and reigning champion Thriston Lawrence.

Author: Brian Keough

Source: Belfast Telegraph

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