Dougherty calls time on playing career

Nick Dougherty has called time on his career as a golfer after admitting he was struggling to remain motivated in the sport and felt retiring was the right course of action.

The 34-year-old bowed out at St Andrews this week after admitting he no longer had the same passion for the game as he did when breaking in back in 2001. He explained the kick from playing had departed him in recent years.

Since his 2001 pro turn, the Liverpudlian has won three European Tours, but is now set to take on a full-time role as pundit.

“Friday at St Andrews was quite emotional. “Playing 17 and 18 was pretty awesome actually. I didn’t think I’d get particularly emotional about it, especially with it being the second round, but it was very much so. It was hard to keep focus,” Dougherty said.

“A few weeks ago I went out to hit a few balls and after about 15 I thought ‘what am I doing?’ I had no interest in it.

“The buzz of wanting to be a Tour player, which I used to live for, is a long way down the order now. When I turn up to play a tournament, even when I play well like I did here last year, I don’t miss it that badly. I get much more of a buzz doing what I did last week for Sky at the Ryder Cup. Intellectually it ticks the boxes for me and it challenges me in a way that ruins you as a golfer.”

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