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Manchester Evening News: Tom Murray on Kenya
Article posted: 21 March 2019

I said to my caddie Henry Tomlinson that if I had one moan about a golf shot that week, he could hit me because it would just be pathetic, and I think that visit prompted my attitude for the week. 

- Tom Murray

As a golfer, it’s really rare to win so sometimes you have to measure the success of a tournament in other ways and I had a good one in Kenya last week.

I think we’re quite hard on ourselves, which is strange given that even someone like Tiger Woods has a win percentage of 20% or 25%.

Last week I set the challenge that I wasn’t going to moan about bad shots or have a single head-off because I think the less I do of that the better and Kenya is a tricky course that can get on top of you if you get frustrated.

Matt Nixon’s partner, Rachel, arranged for us to go to an orphanage in Nairobi which was an amazing experience. Some people had said it would be difficult, but the kids were so happy to see us. 

There were little cottages dotted around and there were eight or 10 kids between seven and 11 years old in each with a mother figure and they all had little jobs to keep the place tidy. Rachel read English books to some of them and the others showed us their chickens and pigs. They were all bare foot but really polite and nice kids. 

Rachel set up a JustGiving page at the start of the week so we’d raised some money for them and they’d told us the best thing for us to bring would be dried fruit which they loved.

When I was walking out of there, I said to my caddie Henry Tomlinson that if I had one moan about a golf shot that week, he could hit me because it would just be pathetic, and I think that visit prompted my attitude for the week. 

I finished 25thand it’s been a steady start to the season with eight events with one top-10 and a couple of missed cuts so it’s a decent platform to build from. I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing, take care of what I can and the rest will follow.

Now I’ve got four or five weeks off and my plan is to get a lot of work done in the gym. I’ll be lifting weights with no golf for a couple of weeks and then have three weeks of getting my head down practising. 

I’m treating it like a pre-season. Some people might be frustrated at the way the schedule is, but I’ve been all over the world in the last few weeks and I’m going to use it productively. 

You can donate to the Nyumabani Orphanage, Kenya at the following link: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rachel-hawkins-1

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