Wodonga golf product Zach Murray admits he was "lost" on European Tour

Zach Murray has just returned to Australia after his first year on the European Tour.
Zach Murray has just returned to Australia after his first year on the European Tour.

Zach Murray has made the stunning admission he was "lost" during his European Tour debut.

Always honest, the 23-year-old made the cut in only one of seven tournaments, the Scottish Championship.

"In the last three or four years, I'd never really gone through a period where I didn't really know what I was doing," the Wodonga, Victoria, product admitted.

"Technically with my swing and in practice and preparation, I really was a little lost."

Murray gained national attention when he won the New Zealand Open in March, 2019, just four months after turning pro, and he also started the world's second best tour in style, finishing tied 21st in the USD$7mil event in Abu Dhabi.

But COVID-19 struck in March, forcing the circuit to be called off for four months.

"As dad (Craig) would say, I went from strawberry jam to pigs**t," he laughed.

Victoria's strict coronavirus restrictions meant Murray couldn't practice.

"I'm a pretty sensitive person ... I think COVID really impacted my momentum and just my preparation and practice," he said.

The European Tour's 'bubble' meant players were either at the course or designated hotel, where they were tested for COVID on arrival.

"If you're not playing well, it's like you go to the 'bubble', golf course, 'bubble', golf course, you can't get out and reset, maybe see your coach," he offered.

Murray also discovered a technical deficiency.

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"Being so tall (196cms), there's a few things that I don't do as well as shorter guys, I don't rotate that efficiently which, in turn, doesn't allow me to produce as much power," he said.

"If I can use my long levers and get a little bit stronger and start to utilise that because when you're on a main Tour, you don't have to be aggressive, but it pays off when you can utilise that length.

"I think the biggest thing I've taken out of it is I want to have more self-belief.

"I've never really thought of it as a job and I still don't, but I've realised I've got to put more hours in."

Murray jetted home to escape the Christmas rush and is quarantining in a Gold Coast hotel.

"It's unbelievably expensive (to fly), it's crazy, usually I book a flight home in 20 minutes, this took me four or five days," he said.

"Being stuck in a hotel and not allowed fresh air is an experience I hope to never do again."

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