Zach Murray with the NZ Open trophy in Queenstown. Image: Getty
Zach Murray has only been working for four months in his professional career, but he has already shown a quality that can not be undervalued. He has the ability to win.
Murray, the 21-year-old Victorian played wire-to-wire at the New Zealand Open in The Hills at the weekend to secure his playing rights, both at home and in Asia.
The tall man from Wodonga on the Murray was one of Australia's top amateurs – a winner of a Victorian amateur and a Master of the Amateurs title, and captain of the winning Victorian team in the Interstate series – but he has already quickly proved to be an excellent pro as well.
"I do not know, I think I'm just growing up in the country where I'm going in a bit," he told RSN's breakfast program today. "It's starting to sort of kick in the non-announcements at the right time. It is fun to have. & # 39; & # 39;
Murray won the WA Open last October as an amateur, immediately before he became a professional, also leading from start to finish. It gives him two victories in pro events in what he admits was "a whirlwind of a few months".
This time he put $ 211,000 in the prize pool and he is exempt from qualifying for both Asian and Australian tours for the next two years. He also picked up an animal skin jacket from the Maori series that in the photo 's of his celebrations finds a treat, a piece of clothing that he is about to bring to Wodonga soon. "I will roll High Street down into what I think!"
Murray said that the luxury of having playing rights was enormous. "It's always a tricky pro that starts," he said. "You just want to play somewhere I was lucky enough to win a victory as an amateur and get my status in Australia It really happened quickly I got my map in Asia and my goal was simply to get my map in Australia and Asia and yesterday's victory gives me an exemption for two years on both tours. It's pretty cool. & # 39;
Murray, who is a member of the rookie team of young adults at Golf Australia, praised GA's help to provide him with his career. "It (GA) has been helping me since I was 14. I can remember the appeal I had to say I was with the national team, I think I was only 15, I was on the 11th t-shirt Wodonga, I thought I was King Tut, they've been fantastic and they still support me today, thanks a lot to Golf Australia, sure. & # 39;
Hear the full interview here: