Shaun Murphy Blog – On my way to Crondon
Alright everyone, I’m down at the Championship League this week, which is kind of a unique experience here at Crondon Park Golf Club.
On our tour some events are better attended than others, but this one does not allow spectators at all. I’ve got friends from down this way in Essex who want to come and watch me, but I have to explain to them that they can’t come.
So, in that respect, it’s a bit weird but I definitely think the tournament is a welcome part of the snooker calendar. It keeps us sharp and I’m using this week to get myself ready for next week’s Masters.
Whatever happens today and over the next three days, I know I’m going to get better practice than I would back home at the club. I’m sure the rest of the players here would say the same thing.
The Championship is certainly a part of snooker that people don’t get to see, so let me try and give you an insight. I’m in between games at the moment and as I sit here in the lounge, members are coming in from their rounds, talking about birdies and bogies.
It reminds me of where I used to play golf in Wellingborough. The car park is always full and the course seems to be pretty busy. So, it’s an interesting venue and one I quite like.
I’ve got a busy day with four best-of-five matches. The first one I lost 3-2 to Judd Trump and next up is Mark Selby.
I’ve two more Group games tomorrow and then there’s the possibility of a semi-final and a final, so it’s pretty much non-stop. One thing is sure, when I pitch up at the Ally Pally, I should be sharp as a tack.