European Tour pro James Morrison "considering quitting golf"

Two-time European Tour winner reveals he is struggling to cope with the battles of the professional game. 

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Fri, 23 Aug 2019
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European Tour professional James Morrison has revealed he is "considering quitting golf" following a series of battles both on and off the course.

Morrison, 34, has won twice on the European Tour but his last victory came at the Open de Espana in 2015. 

 

 

But since progressing to a career-best 80th in the world, the Englishman has slipped down the ladder to 942nd in the world after missing nine of 17 cuts this season. 

Back to somewhere near his best with a bogey-free 66 on day one of the Scandinavian Invitation on Thursday, and Morrison revealed the extent of his struggles have led him to contemplate life away from the game.

"It's my 10th year out here in a row now and this has been not about golf, it's about everything else," Morrison told Sky Sports.

"Tour life's getting a chore, travelling's 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 just the way it goes, that's life and you've got to deal with it."

Morrison has recently changed coaches in a bid to get back to winning ways, and now admits he is in a slightly better place mentally. 

"I changed coaches in the search for better golf and it hasn't worked out the last two years," Morrison added.

"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 why I'm doing it, what I'm doing it for and I'm in a happier place personally."

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