Murphy set for week on the beach after earning Pebble invite for PGA Tour debut

by Ronan MacNamara  

John Murphy by Golffile

Cork native John Murphy is set to make his PGA Tour debut next month at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am from February 3-6th after having his request for an invite to the event approved by the sponsors so he will now compete for the $8.7 million prize fund.

The Kinsale man burst onto the scene at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the DP World Tour where he finished in a share of 9th place after playing in the final group on Sunday and will join Seamus Power in the field while Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry head to Saudi Arabia instead.

Murphy will also tee it up at the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Craig Ranch in May after winning the Byron Nelson Award at the University of Louisville last year.

“A few contacts I had in the States recommended I request an invite and then put my name forward,” said the Walker Cup star who is set for a lot of travelling with the Challenge Tour season beginning in South Africa the following week.

“It is going to be strange starting my season with a PGA Tour event and then going straight from there to South Africa for the Challenge Tour but I am very lucky I have that opportunity and I’m really looking forward to getting out to California with my Shane O’Connell and getting to know the courses. It should be a great week.

“With the Byron Nelson invite as well, I’ll have two PGA tour starts before the summer even comes around so hopefully I can put a marker down.”

The 23-year-old is currently doing some warm weather training in Portugal as he ramps up his preparations for the Challenge Tour where he earned full status last year and he has been inspired by the rapid rise of fellow Munster golfer Power who is now a career-high 63rd heading into today’s Sony Open.

“I’m really looking forward to the fact that Seamus is going to be there. It’s going to be pretty cool because my parents I’ve been following his progress pretty religiously since he got to the Korn Ferry Tour.

“I’d say they’re nearly more excited than I am to see me get up in the same event as him to be able to follow in Seamus footsteps, well that’s the dream isn’t it.” 

It seems the admiration is mutual as Power is excited to see that Murphy will be joining him stateside for the week having been impressed with the youngster’s progress.

“It was brilliant to see him in the Alfred Dunhill Links last year,” Power said. “Making the final group that early in a career is serious going and unreal experience.”

Meanwhile, Tramore’s Robin Dawson and Waterford’s Kevin Phelan are also in action this week at the Singapore International at Tanah Merah Country Club as the Irish duo look to mix it up on the Asian Tour.

Phelan will ply his trade on the Asian Tour for much of the season after earning a card through Q-School in 2019 while Dawson who was on the Challenge Tour last season earned a sponsor’s invite to the $1 million event.

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