13-year-old golfer impresses in front of Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood

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Oscar Murphy, 13, made the most of an opportunity at the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship in front of his hero, Rory McIlroy, on Thursday.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 | 11:39 a.m.
One of the fun features of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is its "Beat the Pro" challenge, where a fan -- during the actual tournament -- gets to hit a shot from the same spot as the pros.
In Thursday's first round, the trio of Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood -- with easily the largest gallery on the course -- reached the 15th tee, a par 3 of 177 yards.
That's where 13-year-old Oscar Murphy was waiting. 
As if the crowd wasn't daunting enough, Murphy -- from Northern Ireland -- was now face to face with his hero, McIlroy, who the teen began following at the 2011 PGA Championship.
If there were nerves, Murphy did one heck of a job masking them.
With great poise, Murphy -- a 6 handicap -- took his 3-wood and with a graceful swing, managed to hit a perfect shot up onto the green:
Naturally, Fleetwood and McIlroy were both impressed.
For his part, Murphy is a seasoned pro when it comes to the press:

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.