Former world snooker champion Shaun Murphy has confirmed that he has entered qualifying for The 148th Open at Royal Portrush.
Murphy, who lifted the world title on the Crucible in 2005 and has been runner-up twice since, is an completed golfer with a scratch handicap and is wanting ahead to swapping the baize for fairways and greens later this month.
The 36-year-old might be within the area for the regional Open qualifying occasion at County Louth on June 24, though he’s preserving his expectations to a minimal and believes his probabilities of making the ultimate qualifying levels are “extremely unlikely”.
In an interview with World Snooker, Murphy defined that he was impressed to try Open qualifying after he as soon as caddied for a pal who made it by way of to the ultimate levels and performed within the group forward of Michael Campbell, who received the US Open only a few weeks after Murphy received the World Snooker Championship.
“That was a fantastic experience,” Murphy mentioned. “I thought it could be good to have a go myself, simply to say I had performed in it. It is extremely arduous to keep up a scratch handicap while having a full time snooker profession, a younger household and all the remainder of it. I will not be off scratch for for much longer so I thought I ought to take my alternative whereas I am nonetheless eligible.
“It is not past the realms of risk that I may go on the market and shoot degree par and get by way of to the ultimate stage of qualifying. That will be extraordinarily unlikely, however I have accomplished it earlier than. My finest spherical of golf is 4 beneath par.
“If I even managed to progress to the subsequent stage it could be loopy actually. There are some wonderful gamers in these remaining qualifiers and I would really feel like a little bit of an imposter, however I’m solely 18 holes away. It’s all a bit tongue in cheek and a little bit of fun, however this might be a unbelievable expertise.
“I suppose the one factor I do have going for me is that I have already got a full time job. Golf is not my livelihood. Relative to the opposite gamers I might be enjoying towards, it does not actually matter to me if I win or lose. I will not be beneath the strain they’re beneath. Most of them are attempting 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!”