Twelve-year-old Tom earns praise from Rory McIlroy following success at Junior Honda Classic in Florida

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Young golfing star Tom McKibbin has enjoyed some major success in America.

The 12-year-old has won his age group category at the Junior Honda Classic tournament in Florida.

Tom finished on two under par to claim victory by two strokes at Palm Beach Gardens.

The impressive performance earned praise from Rory McIlroy – who won the main Honda Classic in 2012.

McIlroy posted on his official Twitter account: “Well done Tom. Great to see all your hard work paying off.”

In August, Tom – who hails from Newtownabbey – won the World Kids Championship at Pinehust, North Carolina.