McKibbin hails McIlroy's help after first tour win
Tom McKibbin hails from the same Holywood club in county Down as Rory McIlroy
Tom McKibbin says Rory McIlroy's guidance played a crucial role in him clinching a first DP World Tour title at the European Open on Sunday.
McKibbin, 20, hails from the same Holywood club in Northern Ireland where McIlroy learned his golf.
"I probably wouldn't be here right now if he hadn't helped me along the way," McKibbin told BBC Radio Ulster.
"He's been amazing with me. I've been very fortunate to spend a lot of time with him and be in his presence."
McKibbin revealed that McIlroy had sent him a message of congratulations prior to beginning his own final round at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio, where he eventually finished in a share of seventh place after a disappointing 75.
"He said 'well done', and that he was very proud of me, and that he was watching out there on the TV so that was pretty cool," he added.