Kerry native Mark Murphy was named winner of the Golf Channel’s reality series ‘Big Break Ireland’ after defeating Canadian Julien Trudeau in a sudden-death of 19 holes.

The match was played at the The K Club in Kildare. The sixteenth season competition show featured 12 golfers gunning for the final prize. 

“I felt like I have never achieved anything in golf, and now, I have achieved something,” Murphy said after claiming victory in the match. “This show changes lives. My life has changed, probably forever. I’m Big Break Champion!”


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Murphy is rightfully excited as he is now the recipient of several honors. His prizes include $50,000 cash, and invitations to compete in the 2012 Irish Open and the Hassan II Golf Trophy on the European Tour. Additionally, Murphy receives an Adams Golf endorsement contract, which includes $10,000 in cash, a $10,000 shopping spree to Dick’s Sporting Goods. 

He’ll also receive a $10,000 airline credit for travel use with United Airlines and a “wonderful West of Ireland” trip for two. However, Murphy is probably well-versed in the West as not only a native of Ireland, but also as creator and owner of Murph Tours, a leisure company for golfers.

Mark Murphy is a native of Waterville, County Kerry, though now resides in New Orleans. When he was younger, he caddied at courses around Ireland, and became a scratch golfer at the age of 19. He was also a member of the Irish junior national team, solidifying his future as a golf star.