Scots golfer George Murray relief at Dunhill windfall

George Murray
Murray now heads to Madrid with his Tour card almost guaranteed

Anstruther golfer George Murray has expressed his relief after finishing joint third at the Dunhill Links Championship.

The 28-year-old finished four shots behind winner Michael Hoey to pocket prize money of £174,104.

The Scot also edged closer to winning back his Tour card after struggling through the season.

"It will change my life. I was in debt this week, I had no money - I think this will help," he said.

"It's great to do it here, so close to home. I'm only 10 minutes down the road - so I'll have a few pints to celebrate.

"I had to win my card back because I had already lost it.

"I think another half-decent week would secure that. I can't wait to see the money come in the bank."

Murray earned promotion to the main circuit through the Challenger Tour but has struggled in his opening season.

In 23 events he had missed the cut 14 times but feels he can build upon his success in Fife last week.

"I've putted poorly all year, I've not got the ball in the hole quick enough but I certainly got the ball in the hole this week. It's brilliant," he added.

"I will be able to relax now. For the last month I've been so scared of hitting bad shots that I can't hit good ones."