Murphy looking for the right gear to end ‘up and down’ year in Mallorca

Ronan MacNamara
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John Murphy (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

John Murphy has been like a bag of revels this season, you never know what you’re going to get and that has been reflected in his performances in 2022. However, after arresting a slump towards the end of the regular Challenge Tour season he believes if he can find form he can end an inconsistent year in style.

Murphy’s year has had a bit of everything including starting on the PGA TOUR at Pebble Beach. The Kinsale native still managed to secure a Road to Mallorca Grand final debut at ease at 42nd in the rankings. His best finish is successive third place results but he knows he might have to go a couple better if he is to climb into the top-20 and secure a DP World Tour card next season.

“It’s been an up and down year with plenty of highs plenty of lows,” said the former Walker Cup star. “I have struggled to get out of second and third gear a lot this year but to still find myself here in the Grand Final gives me a lot of confidence going forward. If I can find that extra gear hopefully good things will happen.

“I need a good finish to get into that top-20 there’s no doubt about it but if I can stick to what I have done over the last few months, sticking to my process and working with my team and my caddie around me to the best of my ability hopefully that will leave me in the right place at the end of the week.”

Murphy arrested a run of back-to-back missed cuts with a 35th place finish at the English Trophy where he was in contention after 54 holes. The 24-year-old feels refreshed after a pressure packed end to the regular season and is looking to kick on at the final hurdle.

“It feels like two months not two weeks since we last played a tournament, we had such busy summer so it was strange having two weeks off. I feel very refreshed and looking forward to getting out there this week. There’s pressure over the last few weeks of the season not just this week.

“Just to get here was very important for everybody not just for the top-20 but the top-45 have the Final Stage of Q-School so it’s about kicking on and trying to get into that top-20.

“The last time it was here the scoring wasn’t great but I was told it was weather related so the weather looks better this week. Hopefully we can go out and post some numbers and I hear it’s on TV as well so put on a good show for people watching.”

 

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