Rising golf star Josh Hill, 15, BEATS Brooks Koepka in Abu Dhabi match

Golf phenom Josh Hill takes down World No.1 Brooks Koepka in practice match, and even outdrove him...

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Tue, 14 Jan 2020

Rising 15-year-old golf sensation Josh Hill defeated World No.1 Brooks Koepka during their practice game ahead of this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the European Tour. 

The English golf teen superstar rose to fame in October 2019 when smashing Ryo Ishikawa's record as the youngest ever winner of an Official World Golf Ranking event at the age of 15 years and six months. 

Hill carded a final-round 62 to win the Al Ain Open by two strokes on the lower-tier Mena Tour in the United Arab Emirates.

The Mena Tour star then continued to put his foot on the gas as he triumphed by a single stroke at the Abu Dhabi Amateur Championship in December to earn a debut appearance at this week's European Tour event at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. 

And to his delight, an early practice round with Koepka. According to the European Tour, Hill was not fazed in the slightest by his round of golf with the World No.1 and he went on to beat him.

"I asked him for a little match on the last eight holes, and yeah, I beat him," said Hill, who will become the youngest ever player to compete in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Thursday.

"Obviously we weren't going full out, but it's always nice to say you've beaten the World No.1."

 

"It was a great experience, obviously Brooks has won a few majors, he's World No.1, and it's good to learn from him and learn how he practises throughout the week and how he prepares for a tournament.

"I asked him how he practises leading up to tournaments and how he prepares leading up to majors. He's so nice, he's so laidback. You can ask him whatever you want."

Hill not only beat Koepka during their practice match, but he also outdrove one of world's longest hitters on one of the holes. 

"Yeah I outdrove him on five, as well."

Koepka has been spotted using the new TaylorMade SIM driver, that was launched by the company last week. Koepka was previously using the TaylorMade M5 driver.

 

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