Josh Hill has been praised by people like Danny Willett and Sir Nick Faldo
English teenager Josh Hill became the youngest male player to win an Official World Golf Ranking event – but could not claim his prize money.
Hill won the Al Ain Open on the Mena Tour in the United Arab Emirates at the age of 15 years, six months and 27 days old and beat the record of Ryo Ishikawa.
The previous brand of Japanese player Ishikawa, established in 2007, was 15 years and eight months.
"I really don't know what to say now. I'm shocked," said Hill.
Hill called a final round 62 to reach 17 under par for the three rounds of the tournament to end up with fellow Englishman Harry Ellis and win the title. However, since he is still an amateur, his £ 10,477 prize was given to professional Ellis instead.
& # 39; Seriously impressive and what's next? & # 39;
The Mena Tour is being held in the Middle East and North Africa and official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points were awarded to tournament winners from 2016.
Hill entered the event at 2,072 in the world ranking, currently crowned by four-fold big winner Brooks Koepka. His ranking in fact brought him into contact with players who had not picked up points in the rolling two-year period of OWGR in which points are collected.
With his first OWGR, Hill is expected to rise around 1,200 the world.
"If you had told me in the summer that I am going to win a Mena Tour title against professionals and would become the youngest ever winner of an official World Golf Ranking event, I would have laughed at the idea," Hill added.
"I think hard work pays. I'm actually a bit disappointed about my finish because I missed so many chances. I could have really broken 60 today. I knew I needed a good start, and then once I had it, I kept shooting one good shot after the other. "
Former Masters champion Danny Willett was one of the controversial players to congratulate Hill, tweeting the performance was" seriously impressive "
Six-time big winner Sir Nick Faldo tweeted: "Great Josh playing … what's the next step for you?"
Hill was born and raised in Dubai, but is the youngest member of the English team under the age of 18.