fbpx
Shaun Murphy

‘I’ve had a hole-in-one, a 147, and a nine-dart finish – I reckon I’m in a club of one!’

Snooker legend and scratch golfer Shaun Murphy joins Steve Carroll on the NCG Podcast for an entertaining discussion about his Open dreams, favourite courses, and his rarest of hat-tricks

 

There are only 11 snooker players who’ve won the career triple crown of World Championship, UK Championship, and Masters.

I’m prepared to bet, though, that there’s only one who can combine that with a 147 break (of which he’s had six), a nine-darter and a hole-in-one.

Shaun Murphy is that person. Not only is he one of the biggest stars of the green baize, he’s a talented golfer to boot – boasting a scratch handicap and a game good enough to get him into Open Championship qualifying.

He’s also a committed philanthropist – his charitable endeavours having raised huge sums over the course of his career for a number of good causes.

In a wide-ranging chat, our guest on the From the Clubhouse podcast this week talks about his love of holing putts, his favourite courses, his bid to qualify for the Open at County Louth in 2019 and whether he’s planning another crack at Claret Jug qualification as we get ready for the 150th Open at the Home of Golf.

Shaun Murphy

Listen to Shaun Murphy on The NCG Golf Podcast

On teeing it up in regional Open qualifying at County Louth in 2019…

“It was just one of my friends who said, ‘You’re off scratch now, you can enter Open qualifying.’ I just didn’t believe it. I went on the website and checked the entry rules. I half know a couple of the guys on YouTube quite well, like Rick Shiels and Peter Finch, we’re from the same neck of the woods, Matt Fryer and a few others. Rick and Pete have done the vlogs for qualifying for the Open – Quest for the Open – and that really got the juices flowing. I thought, ‘If that’s right, if I can have a go, why wouldn’t I? I’ve got to.’

“I sent my application off, was allowed to enter, and my friend, Robert Murphy, who is no relation but is probably Ireland’s most decorated amateur snooker player, came and caddied for me on the day.

“We had a great day out. Now, we were complete imposters in a world we should never have been in. But we were permitted to enter and we did. Of course, It’s called The Open and it’s open to everyone. I was thrilled to be there, thrilled to take part, and it was a great experience.”

On achieving a hole-in-one, 147 maximum break, and nine-darter…

“That is true and, currently, I think it’s a club of one. I don’t know anyone else who’s done all three. We did a funny Twitter poll because Wayne Mardel, the former pro darts player, is a good friend of mine and he’s a commentator on Sky now. We’ve played golf together and had a bit of banter and we always have the craic about what’s harder: is it the nine-darter or is it the 147?

“Now, obviously, it’s the 147. Anyone who says nine-darter needs to go and see a doctor immediately. But we have that bit of banter quite often and, the last time we did it, I think the hole-in-one got thrown in and it was, like, hang on a minute, I’ve done all three. I’ve only had one hole-in-one and I’ve only had one nine-darter but as I sit here talking to you, I’m not aware of anyone else who’s done all three. People can send their applications in any way they want. There’s lots of room to join the club.”

On that perfect golf shot…

“We were down in that neck of the woods (Royal Worlington) doing a charity snooker night. It was the 7th and we couldn’t see. It was quite misty still at that time. We hit good shots but didn’t get to see the ball go in the hole. We got to the green, couldn’t find it, checked the hole and there it was. I’ve been close on a few occasions since but never actually got one in.”

The best golf course he’s ever played…

“The best one I’ve played, and the best one I’ve played by some distance, is Adare Manor. That is just off the charts in every way. It’s the best course I’ve ever played in the world and the best golf experience.

“We went and stayed there for three or four days and just the whole thing was on another level. I can’t wait to go back, frankly. It was unbelievable.”

Now listen to The NCG Golf Podcast with snooker legend Shaun Murphy

You can listen to the full episode in the player below, or click here.

Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

Latest Posts

PGA Championship blog

PGA Championship

LIVE PGA Championship LIVE – All the day two action from Valhalla

By

Read full article about PGA Championship LIVE – All the day two action from Valhalla
pga championship first round

PGA Championship

Xander Schauffele makes history and takes command of PGA Championship

By

Read full article about Xander Schauffele makes history and takes command of PGA Championship
deal of the week

This week’s hottest golf equipment deals

By

Read full article about This week’s hottest golf equipment deals
pga championship rory mcilroy

PGA Championship

Scrappy but happy! Rory McIlroy rallies up PGA Championship leaderboard

By

Read full article about Scrappy but happy! Rory McIlroy rallies up PGA Championship leaderboard

PGA Championship

How Valhalla inspired Graeme McDowell’s conquest to US Open glory

By

Read full article about How Valhalla inspired Graeme McDowell’s conquest to US Open glory
Xander Schauffele WITB 2024

WITB

What’s in Xander Schauffele’s bag?

By

Read full article about What’s in Xander Schauffele’s bag?
Tiger Woods sweat

PGA Championship

How many shirts will Tiger go through this week?

By

Read full article about How many shirts will Tiger go through this week?
PGA Championship

PGA Championship

PGA Championship LIVE – All the action from Valhalla

By

Read full article about PGA Championship LIVE – All the action from Valhalla
Xander Schauffele player profile

Player Profiles

Xander Schauffele: Player Profile

By

Read full article about Xander Schauffele: Player Profile