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A strong start for Jimmy Mullen's pro debut

The 21-year-old has played since he was just three years old

North Devon's golfing star Jimmy Mullen is making his pro debut at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

He only recently turned pro after he helped Great Britain and Ireland to a win over USA in the prestigious Walker cup.

It's going well for the 21-year-old so far, he and Anthony Wall currently share a one-stroke lead at halfway.

Our reporter Jacquie Bird is spending the day with a crowd who are certainly cheering him on - his home club.

The Royal North Devon Golf Club in Westward Ho! is England's oldest course Credit: ITV News


Victorious golfer Mullen returns to Devon in triumph

Jimmy Mullen helping GB and Ireland triumph over the USA in the Walker Cup. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Amateur golfer Jimmy Mullen has received a hero's welcome back at his club of Royal North Devon.

Jimmy helped Great Britain and Ireland to a win over USA in the prestigious Walker cup at the weekend. He's now planning to join the professional golf tour.

Mullen is congratulated by his club. Credit: ITV West Country
A hero's welcome. Credit: ITV West Country

Dorset golf club that inspired the Ryder Cup

Sam Ryder is thought to have had the idea for the Ryder Cup competition playing golf in Dorset Credit: ITV Westcountry

The Ryder Cup gets underway today but if it wasn't for a golf course in Dorset, it might never have happened.

Sam Ryder used to play at the Came Down Golf Club between Dorchester and Weymouth in the 1920s and it's thought that was where the idea was born.

Mullen reflects on his Open success

North Devon amateur golfer Jimmy Mullen has been described as one of the best young players in England after finishing ahead of many household names at the recent Open championships.

The teenager from East-the-Water made the halfway cut in the competition, better than former world number ones Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald.

Our correspondent Seth Conway went to meet him back at his home course:

Mullen two shots behind his amateur rival

Jimmy Mullen finishes his round on day three of the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield. Credit: Owen Humphreys / PA Wire

North Devon's Jimmy Mullen completed his third round at the Open with a four-over-par 75 for an 11-over-par total.

The 19-year-old is just two shots adrift of Matthew Fitzpatrick, his rival for the top amateur's prize at Muirfield.


Devon golfer tees off to a good start at The Open

Jimmy Mullen playing in The Open today at Muirfield, Scotland. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

19 year-old Jimmy Mullen finished on level par after a round of 71. The West Country's big Open hopeful is from East-the-Water near Bideford, Devon, and trains at the Royal North Devon Golf Club in Westward Ho!, England's oldest course.

Aged 19, Mullen is one of the The Open's youngest-ever players. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Wood wins Qatar Masters

Chris Wood has won his first European Tour title. Credit: Rolf Vennenbernd/DPA/Press Association Images

Bristol golfer Chris Wood sank a 12-foot eagle putt on the final hole to grab his first European Tour title in brilliant fashion today.

Three clear of the field overnight, the 25-year-old fell two behind after a shaky start and with one to play trailed South African George Coetzee and Spanish star Sergio Garcia by a single stroke.

Then came a booming drive on the closing par five, a superb five-iron over the water and the best putt of his life for a 69 and 18 under par total.

It came after 19 top 10 finishes from the player who was fifth in the 2008 Open as an amateur and then third a year later at Turnberry.

Devon man wins golfing title

Billy Hemstock Credit: Teignmouth Golf Club

Billy Hemstock from Teignmouth in Devon has won the Kingspan Concra Wood Open in Ireland. It is the eighth event on this year’s PGA Europro Tour, the second tier of professional golf in Europe.

The winner’s cheque of £10,000 puts Hemstock up to 9th in the PGA Europro Tour 2012 Order of Merit.

He said: “I’ve been working really hard on my game and it’s fantastic to secure my first significant win as a pro. Hopefully, this will give me the confidence to push on and make real progress.

I’d like to thank everyone for all their support, especially my family, my sponsors and everyone back at my home club, Teignmouth GC where I started playing golf 13 years ago.”