Originally a Walker Cup panellist, Murphy has had a frustrating few months at home. Trips to England and Scotland were fruitless and outside of Kinsale qualifying for the Barton Shield finals there was little to show for his summer. In recent weeks, Murphy form was improving with good performances in the South of Ireland and Irish Close.
“There are a lot of great names in that trophy, and it’s nice to get my name on there. I am relieved more than anything. I was very close to not coming here and getting a bit sick of golf, so it was nice to come and prove a point this week.”