Almost four weeks to the day after dislocating a finger in a school footy match Zach Murray is finally back hitting golf balls and counting down to some of the biggest amateur events in the world.
The Wodonga golfer has a little over a week before heading to Britain as part of the Victorian Institute of Sport and Golf Australia squads.
Murray, 18, will travel with fellow Australian wunder-kid Ryan Ruffels on the 28-hour continent hopping shuttle with stops in Dubai, London and finally Edinburgh on the way to the St Andrews Links Trophy.
Since its inception in 1989, the tournament has attracted the world’s top players, notably Ernie Els, Lee Westwood, Trevor Immelman, Geoff Ogilvy, Padraig Harrington, Justin Rose and present world No. 1 Rory McIlroy.
Murray is confident he can overcome the four-week disruption.
Surgery was needed to put the finger back in place after a tendon became jammed in the dislocated joint.
“I got the all clear from the physio this week and went out for a chip and a putt and then hit just a few 8 irons,” the year 12 Catholic College student said.