Former world snooker champion...


Former world snooker champion Shaun Murphy to play Open qualifier

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2005 world snooker champion Shaun Murphy will tee it up in Louth later this month in a bid to book a place at the Open at Royal Portrush.

The 36-year-old holds a scratch handicap and will play the regional qualifier event at Louth Golf Club on June 24th.

Murphy's admitted to Golf Monthly that he's unlikely to secure a spot at the final major of the season.

“If I even managed to progress to the next stage it would be crazy really. There are some amazing players in those final qualifiers and I would feel like a bit of an imposter, but I’m only 18 holes away. It is all a bit tongue in cheek and a bit of a laugh, but this will be a fantastic experience.

"I think 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 won’t be under the pressure they are under. Most of them are trying to win the Open Championship. I am just trying to have a good day out. I could knock it round in anything from 68 to 108!”

The triple crown winner previously caddied for a friend during Open qualifying.

“I caddied for one of my friends, Graham Neville, a few years ago at Open qualifying. He got to the final stages and was playing in the group ahead of former US Open winner Michael Campbell. That was a fantastic experience. I thought it would be nice to have a go myself, just to say I had played in it.

"It is very hard to maintain a scratch handicap whilst 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."

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