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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

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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.

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