Podcast Air Date: September 18, 2020

Series 1: The Big Break

Ep. 9 - Mark Murphy - Ireland (Champion)

Mark was the hometown favorite on Big Break Ireland, having grown up four hours south of The K Club. He started caddying for his father on the weekends, earning five pounds (UK) per round and he was hooked. Mark takes us on his journey and Big Break experiences, dealing with the weather, drama from competitors and the determination it took to win Big Break Ireland.

A native of Waterville, Ireland, Mark was a skilled competitor in the 17th season of Big Break — the first season in Big Break history where the men eliminated all the women before the finale.

He made his way to victory after competing against Julien Trudeau winning 1-up after 19 holes. He was offered exemptions into two European Tour events: the 2012 Trophee Hassan II and the 2012 Irish Open — making the cut in both events.

Guess what PGA player is one of Mark's best friend and who he caddie for on the PGA? Hint: he had an epic battle with Tiger Woods.

"They'll probably kill me for telling you this but when Julian joined Mallory and I in our house -we were watching a movie and I got up to get a drink and noticed their hands together so I knew something was going on. Its all good they're great people."
Mark answering a question about knowing that Mallory and Julian were starting a relationship on BB Ireland - now married with kids.

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About Mark

Mark Murphy caddied for a group of his father’s friends from the United States. On the 15th hole, one of the playing partners turned to Mark and told him, “If you hit your shot inside mine onto the green, I’ll give you everything I have.” Mark hit his 9-iron shot to 15 feet. True to his word, the man gave Mark his set of clubs. That was Mark’s first set.

Mark picked up the game immediately. By 19, he was a scratch golfer. He was chosen to represent Ireland on the junior national team. He turned pro and traveled back and forth between the U.S. and Europe. He played on the Challenge Tour in Europe, and the Gateway Tour and the mini-tours in the U.S.

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