Josh Hill met up with England Golf graduate Tommy Fleetwood today and was presented with a Guinness World Records certificate to mark his achievement as a history-maker.
England boys’ squad player Hill made headlines across the world when he fired a final round 62 to win the Al Ain Open on the MENA Tour in October.
The victory saw him become the youngest-ever winner of an official world golf ranking event at just 15 years, six months and 27 days old.
In recognition of his fabulous win, Fleetwood took time out his busy schedule to hand over a framed certificate to the up-and-coming young Englishman.
Hill said: “I’m a big admirer of Tommy so it was a real thrill for him to present me with this Guinness World Records certificate.
“I feel honoured to have achieved what I have at 15, but I know it’s only a starting point.
“I’m like any normal teenager, just half-decent at golf. I will continue to work hard to achieve my dreams.”
Fleetwood – currently world number 10 – came through the England amateur ranks before going on to become one of the biggest stars of world golf, a Ryder Cup winner and Europe’s number one.
Hill – who was born in Surrey, but is based in Dubai – pegs it up tomorrow in another professional event, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA.
Already this week he has enjoyed a practice round alongside world number one Brooks Koepka and rubbed shoulders with a range of stars from the European and PGA Tours.
Hill’s meeting with Koepka naturally attracted a lot of attention especially when the 15-year-old outdrove the American on two occasions and beat him over eight holes!
Koepka – a four-time Major winner – was impressed with both the teenager’s technique and attitude.
Koepka said: “It’s always fun to get to play with these young kids, and you really see in 10 years – when I’m close to being on my way out – all these kids that will be up and winning a bunch.
“It will be cool to see in the next five, 10 years how much he progresses.
“He asked good questions. I thought that was important.
“I think being so young, if I was in his shoes, I would have been afraid to ask. He wasn’t afraid to ask, which I think is very important and very mature for his age.
“He’s a good player. Putts it really well. Short game is really good. Strikes it really well.”
Hill is an important member of the England boys’ squad for 2020 and will be competing for a place in the team to play Home Internationals and the European Championships.
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