Hurley sticking to the process as he takes another step towards DP World Tour card

Ronan MacNamara
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Gary Hurley (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Gary Hurley is remaining relaxed about the final two rounds of DP World Tour Q-School, insisting he will stick to the process regardless of the outcome after playing himself into a great position to earn a card next season. 

Hurley fired his joint-low round of the week with a fabulous 65 at the Lakes Course to remain in sixth place on sixteen-under-par, but crucially, five shots inside the top-25. 

“My preparation and recovery has been good and that’s the main thing for this week. Six rounds is a long trek. 

“Just do the same thing as I have been every round, really, really inoculated by the process of each shot in what I’m doing and that’s my main goal really and allow the results to be what they’ll be, and make peace with them, good, bad or indifferent. 

“The most important thing is me being true to myself and the things that I’m doing and that all comes down to the process and the things that I can control.” 

The West Waterford man carded eight birdies and just two bogeys in his fourth round as he moved to within five of Simon Forrstrom at the top of the leaderboard. 

Four birdies in five holes either side of the turn and three gains in four holes to finish have boosted the 29-year-old’s hopes of a DP World Tour card. 

“I played quite nice actually. I didn’t warm up great to be honest, wasn’t hitting it well on the range and started a bit cagey. I was just very open to it coming back and on the back nine I started hitting it a lot better, made a couple of really good birdies on 12 and 15, two of the longest holes on the course which was one against the field.” 

Hurley was part of Ireland’s Famous Five at the 2015 Walker Cup but he has struggled since making the jump into the paid ranks. However, a rejuvenated mental approach has seen him reignite his career, already securing a Challenge Tour card via the Alps Tour where he won for the first time as a professional. 

The Munsterman undoubtedly has his best years ahead of him and his ‘process’ could bare fruit this week with a double promotion. 

“I was just very, very in it taking it one shot at a time and staying in my process. 

“This year and the last couple of years have been a huge change in my behaviour and my mindset to be honest. Relaxed out there is a loose term but I feel good about my game, I feel ready with my game it’s just about allowing it to happen and making sure my mind is right before I play it.” 

Meanwhile, Jonathan Caldwell, Cormac Sharvin and Paul Dunne all missed the cut, meaning it’s the Challenge Tour for them. 

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