Murphy confident he can turn form around starting in India

Ronan MacNamara

John Murphy (Image: Getty Images)

John Murphy is confident some good results are around the corner despite missing seven successive cuts in his rookie season on the DP World Tour.

Murphy earned a DP World Tour card at the eleventh hour at Q-School in November but has found the going tough thus far including shooting an 84 in his second round of the Mauritius Open in December and last week’s missed cut in Thailand would have stung after opening with a 70.

The Kinsale native however, remains upbeat and insists his game is close to clicking ahead of this week’s Indian Open.


“Results haven’t gone as I had hoped, it would be nice to be up there on the leaderboard and feeling better about your game so I’m missing that element of it so far,” explained Murphy. “I know it’s a patience game and a matter of waiting to see the work I’m putting in come to fruition. I’ve a good team around me so I’m sure the work will pay off.

“I’ve been fortunate throughout my career so far even though I didn’t have a card to play a few DP events and get a feel for the standard so far. Nothing has caught me by surprise, I’m fully aware of what I’m in for and what the standard is out here so just a matter of getting there and letting the results come through.

“I’ll play this week, play Kenya and then a bit unsure after that, take a bit of time off so just trying to finish strong here, been a bit disappointing the last few weeks but the game certainly feels closer and closer each week, feels good in practice so looking forward to translating that to the course.”

The 24-year-old is enjoying his experience on the DP World Tour as he tees it up in India for the first time at the Gary Player DLF G&CC which is a quirky course to say the least with foam faced bunkers which often seem to point in the wrong direction.

Rounds in the 80s have been a common theme around this golf course with Eddie Pepperell describing it as a ‘course designed by Satan’ so it’s safe to say Murphy isn’t expecting low scores this week…

“It’s good, it’s different. A few interesting drives to the golf course and what not but really enjoying it. It’s cool to see new places and experience new cultures so enjoying that aspect of it.

“It’s a great golf course I just played the back nine yesterday but felt I had to play it again, it’s a nine you have to see twice it’s very different to anything else we play out here. It’s great I really like it, it’s going to be a challenge it’s going to be difficult with not the usual -20 score winning so I’m really looking forward to that.

“17 is certainly unique, you go up there to hit your second shot and just have no idea where you’re hitting it so that’s a bit different. The whole layout of the golf course is really good, some quirky shots but in general if you play well you’ll score pretty well around here.”

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