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Morrison admits he came close to ending his career

 

Morrison won the Madeira Islands Open in 2010 and the Spanish Open in 2015, reaching a career-high of 80th in the world rankings later that year (stock photo)
Morrison won the Madeira Islands Open in 2010 and the Spanish Open in 2015, reaching a career-high of 80th in the world rankings later that year (stock photo)

By Phil Casey

England's James Morrison has revealed he considered quitting the game after struggling to handle the grind of tournament golf.

Morrison won the Madeira Islands Open in 2010 and the Spanish Open in 2015, reaching a career-high of 80th in the world rankings later that year.

However, the 34-year-old hasn't had a top-10 finish in the last two seasons and has also had issues to deal with away from the course, meaning he started this week's Scandinavian Invitation a lowly 942nd in the rankings.

"It's my 10th year out here in a row now and this has been not about golf, it's about everything else," said Morrison after an opening 66 at Hills Golf & Sports Club, which left him four shots behind leader Wade Ormsby.

"Tour life's getting a chore, travelling is getting hard. I've got a little boy (Finley) at home, my wife's having some health problems and had surgery two days ago so there's stuff at home going on that's taken my attention away from the game.

"I really questioned whether that was it. Scotland (July's Scottish Open) was close to being my last ever event, but that's life and you've got to deal with it.

"I've gone back to my old coach Hugh Marr and done some really good work with Justin Buckthorp, my trainer-come-psychologist, best friend, mentor, and stripped everything back and realised what I'm doing it for and I'm in a happier place.

"He's kind of brought me back from the brink of hanging up the boots so I'm not sure if I'll thank him for that or not!"

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