Former snooker world champion Shaun Murphy to try and qualify for this year’s Open

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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. 

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.

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.’ 

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