Murphy remaining confident putts will drop despite more frustration on the greens

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John Murphy is hoping his good golf will finally be rewarded on the greens as he plots a late charge for a DP World Tour card at Q-School. 

The Kinsale native is currently 35th on nine-under after a four-under 67, three shots outside the all-important top-25 with 36 holes to play in Tarragona. 

Murphy has been solid this week but has been unable to establish himself in the top-25, finding himself on the fringes and today was no different as he lamented a string of missed opportunities on the Lakes Course. 

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“I played lovely, a bit frustrated to be honest,” said Murphy who was five-under after 14 before dropping a shot on 15. “I felt there was a low one out there for the taking but just didn’t convert. That’s alright, thirty six holes left and lots of golf left and just keep doing what I’m doing, put the ball in play and try make a few eventually. 

“I had a lot of good looks for birdie on a lot of holes so hopefully I can stay patient and a few will start to drop.” 

Despite being on the outside looking in as far as his DP World Tour card aspirations go, the 24-year-old has achieved his first port of call which was to make the top-70 cut and he believes his stellar tee to green game will eventually bear fruit on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

“I always said if I could make the top-70 anything could happen so it was about keeping myself in it the whole way through, then there’s some good opportunities over the last two rounds to move up the leaderboard. So I’m going to try and stay on top of things off the tee, stay in good positions and see where that leaves me. 

“To be honest if you play good golf it doesn’t matter what tour you are on, you’re going to be up there so I haven’t found it that much different this week. A lot of times I came in off the golf course surprised by how good the scoring was on the Challenge Tour and it’s no different here.” 

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