European Tour

Snookered: Ex-world champion Murphy flops in Open golf bid

Golf ball near hole (File)
Golf ball near hole (File)

London - Former snooker world champion Shaun Murphy and ex-international cricketer Sean Ervine failed to make the cut as they swapped the cue and bat for golf clubs in qualifying for the British Open on Monday.

Both were eligible to enter qualifying thanks to a scratch handicap, but on this evidence will not be rivalling the tour professionals in their adopted sport.

Murphy, ranked 14th in the world on the green baize, carded a 12-over-par 84 at County Louth.

"It is all a bit tongue in cheek and a bit of a laugh," Murphy told the BBC earlier this month.

"The one thing I do have going for me is that I already have a full-time job. Golf isn't my livelihood. Relative to the other players I will be playing against, it doesn't really matter to me if I win or lose."

Ervine, a former all-rounder for Zimbabwe, fared a little better but was still well off making it into the final round of qualifying with a five-over-par effort at Frilford Heath.

The 148th Open will take place at Royal Portrush from July 18-21.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
40% - 14077 votes
Cricket
13% - 4369 votes
Football
19% - 6545 votes
Athletics
3% - 902 votes
Boxing
1% - 340 votes
Cycling
2% - 809 votes
Golf
5% - 1762 votes
Motorsport
9% - 2971 votes
Tennis
3% - 1218 votes
Water sports
1% - 320 votes
American sports
1% - 433 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 1167 votes
Vote