Shaun Murphy: Snooker star aims for Open Championship place at Royal Portrush

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Murphy is one of the players who has won the triple crown of the world, UK and Masters

Former world snooker champion Shaun Murphy must try to qualify for next month's Open Golf Championship at Royal Portrush.

Murphy's scratch handicap means he can play in the regional qualifier at County Louth in Ireland on June 24.

The Englishman who previously caddied for a friend in Open Championship qualification.

"That was a fantastic experience, I thought it would be fun to get started myself," the 36-year-old Harlow-born man told World Snooker.

"It is very difficult to maintain a handicapped handicap while having a full-time snooker career, a young family and the rest.

" I will not wait much longer, so I I thought I should seize my chance while still eligible. "

Murphy, who won the snooker world championship in 2005, admits that his chances to advance to the final stage of qualifying are" extremely unlikely ".

" It's all a bit of tongue in cheek and a bit of a laugh, "he admitted.

" The only thing I have going for me is that I already have a full time job. Golf is not my livelihood. Compared to the other players I will play against, it doesn't really matter to me whether I win or lose.

"I'm just trying to have a good day out. I could turn it around in everything from 68 to 108."

Murphy has won all three top titles in snooker and also triumphed at it English championship in 2008 and Masters in 2015.

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