Murphy comes up trumps late on again to keep Q-School hopes alive

Ronan MacNamara

John Murphy (Picture: Niall O'Shea)

Patience paid off for John Murphy again on day two of the Final Stage of DP World Tour Q-School in Tarragona. 

Three birdies in four holes late on in his second round moved the Kinsale native into the top-13 on six-under-par after a round of 69. 

Beginning on the back nine of the Hills Course, Murphy turned in level-par after seeing some short putts slip by the hole but as he made the charge for home he posted gains on the fifth, seventh and eighth to maintain his push for a full DP World Tour card. 


“I needed a lot of patience out there. I played lovely on the front nine just missed a couple of short ones but just stayed patient, hung in there and thankfully saw a few drop towards the end,” said Murphy. 

“This course requires more strategy it’s tighter and shorter off the tee so yeah I was trying to come here with the thought process of putting myself on the short grass and if that leaves me with longer shots into greens fine, just keep myself in good positions and I’ve done it so far.” 

Murphy is just two rounds into a six-round marathon and he knows while he can’t win anything at this stage he is happy he hasn’t played himself out of it and he hopes that will afford him the licence to play more aggressively over the weekend and into next week. 

“I know if I can put myself into a good enough position heading into the last few days I think I will be confident in my abilities. It was a matter of being conservative the first few days and keeping myself as stress free as possible. 

“You have different pressures and expectations. I enjoy nerves every now and then, there will be fatigue this week so it’s about recovering for the day and getting ready for tomorrow.” 

This week is somewhat of a free hit for the former Walker Cup player who has a full Challenge Tour card for next year after finishing in the top-45 on the Road to Mallorca while he can already look forward to some DP World Tour starts next season. 

“Everybody is different this week. I have a very good Challenge Tour category for next year and I have a bit of a DP World Tour category so I’m here knowing I have job security for next year and I have a place to play. I’m in a freer situation than others but it would be nice to improve on that anf get a full DP World Tour card.” 

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