Double trouble for Murphy who needs something special at Q-School finale

Ronan MacNamara

John Murphy at the Final Stage of Qualifying School at Lakes Course, Infinitum (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Ronan MacNamara

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Kinsale’s John Murphy was left to rue a costly finish as he left himself with plenty of work to do to push himself into the top-25 in Wednesday’s final round of DP World Tour Q-School. 

It has been a nearly week for Murphy who has certainly left a few shots out on both the Lakes and Hills courses and a double-bogey on 15 and a bogey on 17 saw a really good day unravel somewhat as he drifted out to 42nd place on eleven-under, four shots outside the top-25 in Tarragona. 

“I’m a bit disappointed to be honest. I think I was four under through fourteen and let a couple slip at the end and if you do that out here you find yourself slipping a long way down the leaderboard. 

“We’ve got one more day to go at it tomorrow and see what happens.” 

The Cork man needed to make a move on day five and it all seemed plain sailing for the first fourteen holes after birdies on the 2nd, 5th and 8th saw him turn in 32. A fourth birdie of the day arrived on 13 and he did undo some of the damage on holes 15 and 17 with a closing birdie, but he left the course with a bitter taste in his mouth. 

The fifteenth hole was Murphy’s second double-bogey of the week and with scoring remaining low throughout the first five rounds he knows he needs to go all-out attack in the final round to have a chance of progression. 

“I feel good I’ve been trying to strategise my way around the course all week and keep leaving myself in comfortable positions,” said the 24-year-old. “Tomorrow I will play with a bit more freedom and leave myself in good positions again but yeah there’s no doubt I am going to have to make birdies if I’m going to push myself into the top-25 so we will give it a go. 

“I’ll rest and get an early night, no pints unfortunately.” 

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