"And, yeah, just so happy and so proud of him, really. I've known Tom since he was 10 years old. And to see his progression and see where he is today and get that first win in Europe is, was really cool to see."
The victory sees McKibbin join fellow Holywood man Rory McIlroy in the 2023 winners' circle, and becomes the second Northern Irishman to taste victory at the European Open after Darren Clarke's triumph in 2001.
"I was shaking more in regulation, that's for sure. The one in the playoff, obviously knowing that Denny's missed his and it's basically a free roll, you know, if I make it, I win, if not, we still got a chance."
"It’s unfamiliar territory. I got to the semi-final of the West this year and hopefully learned a lot from that experience. Just bring it into tomorrow and see what we can do. It’s only halfway there, 36 to go,” said McDermott.
Andrea Pavan made it back-to-back titles for Italy on the Challenge Tour as he came through a fierce final-round battle at the D+D Real Czech Challenge, while Niall Kearney signed off with a closing 75