Kinsale’s John Murphy dreams of becoming an overnight sensation, but he’s prepared for the long road as he makes his second appearance on the PGA Tour this week with AT&T Byron Nelson.
The former Walker Cup star, 23, got off to a solid start to his pro career, finishing ninth at the Alfred Dunhill Links at St Andrews before securing a Challenge Tour card.
But even as Murphy makes his second appearance on the PGA Tour in four months as a reward for winning the 2020 Byron Nelson Award at the University of Louisville, he’s poised to follow in Séamus Power’s footsteps.
“Seamus has shown as much stamina as any Irish golfer I can remember when it comes to how long he had to wait for his time,” said Murphy, who bought a home with Power and her caddies outside of this week Dallas shares.
“What was it? He was on the Korn Ferry Tour three or four years ago and it’s amazing to see where he’s at now. It’s no easy thing to break the world top 50 and it doesn’t look like like he’s going to stop any time soon. It’s motivating to see.”
Murphy is grateful that insurance broker Arachas’ sponsorship has given him some financial relief, and while he knows he has what it takes to snag his DP World Tour card by finishing in the top 20 on the Challenge Tour this year comes, he is ready for bumps in the road.
“Golf can be a pretty dark place if you let it get to you,” said the Cork native, who missed the cut in his PGA Tour debut at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February. “When I turned pro it was going pretty well and I had some good finishes on the Challenge Tour. But I know from high level amateur golf how frustrated and angry you can get.
“It can certainly be a very lonely place when things aren’t going well. But I use certain coping mechanisms to deal with that and I look forward to the challenge when it comes up because you don’t go through your entire career without playing badly or having a few dropouts along the way.
“I read recently that the average age when you actually get your first tour ticket is 28, so there are a lot of cases where a lot of people are waiting for that.
“Séamus is a prime example. He didn’t get his first PGA Tour card until he was in his 30s, and that certainly inspires me more. I’m young, I’m 23, and as much as I don’t want to sit back and be content with where I am, I’m very comfortable, I have time to figure out what works best for me.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/golf/john-murphy-dreaming-of-pga-tour-success-but-prepared-for-the-long-road-41632707.html John Murphy dreams of PGA Tour success but prepares for the long road