John E Morgan turned golf professional in 2002, and won the Charles Church European Challenge Tour Championship on his way to graduating from the Challenge Tour to the European Tour.
At the suggestion of his manager Eddie Hearn, he entered the PGA Tour qualifying school, and survived all three stages, finishing tied for 11th at the school finals to earn playing privileges in the United States. John is only the second player to win full cards for both tours in a rookie season — the first was Richie Coughlan in 1997.
After deciding to concentrate on the PGA Tour, John lost a playoff to Mark Hensby at the John Deere Classic in 2004. Although this was his best PGA Tour result, by the end of 2005 he surrendered his PGA playing privileges to return to the Challenge Tour. A 17th place finish on the 2008 money list earned him a return to the European Tour the following season, but once again, the relentless pressure of top-level professional golf meant he was unable to hold on to his status, and returned once more to the Challenge Tour in 2010.
This proved to be a wise move as it quickly became obvious that pressure related health issues as a result of his playing efforts were to curtail his future as a professional golfer. But as they say, one door closes another on opens, his fortunes soon changed as his indefatigable character earned him a much more suitable and rewarding profession – to be appointed a position with Sky Golf as a commentator.
Since his appointment with Sky Sports John has moved from strength to strength to become one of the most refreshing faces in professional sport commentary. Not only does he know the game inside out, his natural charm and laid back style make him a welcome treat and a magnetic attraction to any golf commentary.
John Morgan’s Brilliant Hole in One at Montrose
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