With good reason John Murphy reflects on what has been a busy 2021.

Not that the Kinsale man is complaining. In fact the last few weeks have been the most enjoyable of his career, but admits that fatigue has caught up with him.

The 23-year-old was part of an unsuccessful Walker Cup team on American soil in May before making the switch to professional ranks.

By his own admission, it was somewhat of an adjustment. He missed four of his first five cuts, but then things suddenly took off.

A request for an invite to the €5m Alfred Dunhills Championship Links was granted, and he took it with both hands.

Entering the back nine on the final round, Murphy was in second position, but a double bogey on 10 put paid to ambitions of an unlikely win. However a top-10 finish secured an invitation to the Spanish Open where he finished 23rd out of 150 that started out.

This week he secured his full European Challenge Tour card for next season, all the more impressive given he only turned pro in June.

"In a year where there is no Q School and no other way of getting yourself a status, that is what I'm happiest with this year," he told RTÉ’s Saturday Sport.

"Essentially I have a job next year. I can play the full Challenge Tour schedule.

"As grateful as I was for the seven invites I got this year, being able to play three times as many events next year will certainly be a benefit."

The rapid rise has been a welcome development, but Murphy admits it has been a gruelling way to achieve his goal.

Whether professional or amateur, 15-18 tournaments tends to be the norm for most players, but given Murphy straddled both sides of the fence, his diary was full for 2021.

"The fact I played amateur and professional this year, I played 28 events. I’m fairly worn out from it all.

"It’s been a hectic year, but I’m delighted I’ve had the opportunity I did."

He credits his level-headed approach as key to his upward trajectory and feels he is reaping the fruits of his hard work.

Murphy believes he has found his level.

"I started to find a groove and it worked out alright."

Listen to his full interview with Greg Allen below.

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