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Manchester Evening News: Tom Murray on Class of 19 and Australia
Article posted: 14 February 2019

I know that I’m not Lionel Messi and sponsors aren’t easy to come by in golf so it’s something I’m really going to embrace.

- Tom Murray

By the time you read this I will probably have finished my first round at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 here in Perth.

It’s my second straight tournament in Australia after last week’s ISPS Handa Vic Open, where unfortunately I missed the cut, and we came over nice and early to get over the jetlag and to spend a few days in Melbourne.

My worst experience of jetlag was in Kazakhstan. We arrived at 5am and I made a rookie move and went to bed until 3pm and that was me for the week. I ended up with an hour’s sleep before each of my first two rounds and somehow made the cut. 

As I’ve said before, I’m a huge fan of all sports and we went to see the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash at the MCG the other day. It’s one of the most famous cricket grounds in the world so that was cool. 

I’m not a golf nerd but I’ve always wanted to play at Royal Melbourne and we did that too. Since I was young, I’ve liked the style of it, the fact that you really have to use your imagination to get around there, and it absolutely lived up to my expectations. 

In the tournament itself, I played ok but had a bad finish. Maybe it was a bit of rust from not competing over the last couple of months, but I feel I should be able to more than cope with that. 

Even though it wasn’t the week I hoped for it was a great tournament. The fans were allowed inside the ropes and we played at the same time as the women’s tournament – with the same prize money. It was really relaxed, and people were even allowed to bring their dogs. You probably couldn’t do that at a tournament like The Open, but it worked perfectly and was a great week.

Also, everyone was delighted to see David Law, who is a good mate, win after a rough couple of years. 

This week it’s 54 holes of strokeplay with two cuts and then matchplay matches over six holes. I wouldn’t want to do it every week but it’s good for the people watching, which is what it’s all about, and we all know the format before we start. My game feels fine so let’s see how it goes. 

There are plenty of kangaroos knocking about and I’ve done my obligatory post on social media because it’s not every day you see one. In the past I’ve seen a waterbuck in the middle of the fairway in South Africa, a massive scary thing that refused to move, and another time there was a crocodile sunbathing next to the green that I didn’t spot until I was about 10 feet away! 

It’s just been announced that I’m part of my management company ISM’s Class of 2019 programme. It’s four players with a group of sponsors backing us collectively and getting to lots of great events.

I’m delighted to be a part of it. It’s a cool concept and we’re all in it together as a team. I know that I’m not Lionel Messi and sponsors aren’t easy to come by in golf so it’s something I’m really going to embrace.

Nowadays it’s easy to stay in touch with social media and Whatsapp so I’m looking forward to meeting new people and seeing what the year brings and I’m hoping to repay the support I’ve been given. 

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