Former snooker world champion Shaun Murphy to try and qualify for this year’s Open Championship at Royal Portrush but admits he’s not fussed if he doesn’t break 100
- Former snooker world champion Shaun Murphy wants to qualify for The Open
- Murphy has a handicap of scratch and can therefore take part in qualifying
- The 36-year-old will play a regional qualifier at County Louth in Ireland
Former snooker world champion Shaun Murphy is aiming to qualify for this year’s Open Championship.
Murphy, who still plays full-time on the snooker world tour, plays off scratch and therefore is eligible to qualify for golf’s fourth major.
The 36-year-old will play a regional qualifier at County Louth in Ireland on June 24 for a chance to take on the world’s best at Royal Portrush.
Former snooker world champion Shaun Murphy is aiming to qualify for The Open this year
He said: ‘It is very hard to maintain a scratch handicap while having a full-time snooker career, a young family and all the rest of it.
‘I won’t be off scratch for much longer so I thought I should take my opportunity while I am still eligible.’
He does admit, though, that he doesn’t expect to get to the final stages of qualifying, adding that he doesn’t mind if he isn’t able to break 100.
On the golf course, Murphy plays off scratch and is therefore eligible to play in qualifying
He added: ‘It is all a bit tongue in cheek and a bit of a laugh.
‘The one thing I do have going for me is that I already have a full-time job. Golf isn’t my livelihood. Relative to the other players I will be playing against, it doesn’t really matter to me if I win or lose.
‘I am just trying to have a good day out. I could knock it round in anything from 68 to 108.’