Golf prodigy ready is to take on the world

Five year-old golfer Bobby Moore practicing at Thorpe Wood golf course before he leaves for a golf tournament abroad EMN-160627-223927009
Five year-old golfer Bobby Moore practicing at Thorpe Wood golf course before he leaves for a golf tournament abroad EMN-160627-223927009
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A five year-old golfing prodigy is set to soar like an eagle across the ocean to take on the best in the world - two years after nailing a hole-in-one.

Peterborough youngster Bobby Moore will be the youngest competitor at two of the biggest children’s tournaments on the globe in July - but the youngster will go in with confidence after scoring a hole in one aged just three - and already getting the better of his dad, Rob.

Five year-old golfer Bobby Moore practicing at Thorpe Wood golf course before he leaves for a golf tournament abroad.  He is pictured with his dad Rob Moore EMN-160627-224150009

Five year-old golfer Bobby Moore practicing at Thorpe Wood golf course before he leaves for a golf tournament abroad. He is pictured with his dad Rob Moore EMN-160627-224150009

Now he gets to practice every day, as his dad has built a putting green on his drive.

Rob (37) said: “We play at Thorpe Wood Golf Course most days now. I’m a failed want-to-be professional who is living my passion through my son.

“The sport is teaching him good values, etiquette, and how to work with other children.

“We have pictures of him holding a club when he could hardly stand up.

“He got his hole in one at Thorpe Wood Pitch and Putt when he was three. Unofficially, I think he is the youngest person to ever get a hole in one, but the Guinness Book of Records says you need proof.

“One of the great things about Bobby is he is blissfully unaware of the significance of what he has achieved.

“I went crazy when he did it - I think people in Stamford must have heard me cheering, but he was very calm. He got the hole in one younger than Tiger Woods.

“He beat me last weekend - and it was a proper win too, without me giving him shots. There was a mixture of pride and embarrassment at that result.

“He plays the full course at Thorpe Wood, but off the red tees,

“He is very shy, but every time we play, people give him a round of applause.

“I’m a bit of an obsessive person, so I put a putting green on the drive, with a chipping matt.

“We watch golf on the TV, and even read him golf stories.”

Bobby has had messages of support from golfers including Luke Donald as he prepares to head off to America at the weekend.

Rob said: “He is the youngest qualifier for the two tournaments. I want to win in everything I do - but I have to temper that, as some of the children will be two years older than him. It will be good to interact with other good young golfers, and I hope he enjoys the tournaments.

“They are like the Majors in golf - one of the tournaments has an opening ceremony and even a practise day.

“A lot can happen in the future, so who knows what will happen - It would be nice for him to become the first world number one from Peterboough. Lots of coaches around the world have said he is the best golfer they have seen for his age.

“At the moment he wants to be best in the world so he can have money to buy toys.”