Murphy ties 11th after brilliant back-nine recovery in France

John Murphy (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Kinsale’s John Murphy bounced back from an outward half of 39 with a homeward half of 32 to sign for an even par final round effort and a tie for 11th at the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge.

The Cork man opened up with a bogey and a double in a nightmare start on Sunday but with an old head on young shoulders, Murphy birdied four of his last seven holes for a six-under par tournament tally and a cheque worth €3,780.

It’s his first payday on the Tour where he expects to play five more times this season with a start also guaranteed at the European Tour’s ISPS Handa World Invitational at Galgorm Castle at the end of the month.

Murphy finished one stroke clear of Holywood’s Tom McKibbin who carded four birdies in a bogey-free 67 to sign off in style in France. The teenager finished in a share of 16th with Portmarnock’s Conor Purcell also enjoying a top-20 finish in a share of 20th after posting a final round 70 for a four-under tally.

Germany’s Marcel Siem claimed the title courtesy of a brilliant final round 67 for a one stroke victory at 15-under par.

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