Cute 3-Year-Old from Ireland Is Golf Genius, Possible New Rory McIlroy?

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterOctober 8, 2013

Tiger Woods had one. Rory McIlroy had one. And this kid has one.

Meet three-year-old Michael Patton from Dublin, Ireland, who has a remarkable knack for chipping a golf ball from one end of the living room into a hole in the roof of his playhouse at the other.

It's a fine skill and made all the more adorable by the fact that he grins with delight every time he holes one—which, in this video at least, is rather often.

Clearly, his father, who uploaded the video to YouTube, is proud.

"Michael started chipping plastic balls into the hole in the roof of his playhouse," said Michael's father, Rob Patton, according to EuroSport's Bunker Mentality blog. "He kept getting them in so we got the camera out and started filming."

Incredibly, he may already have a nemesis stateside. Owen Kopinski emerged earlier this year on YouTube, putting for fun. The two-year-old American is clearly a huge talent as well (and you can watch him here).

Imagine them lining up head-to-head on Day 4 of a major in 20 years' time—or even better, on opposite sides in the 2034 Ryder Cup.