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Thursday, 22 August 2019
James Morrison  (Getty Images)
James Morrison (Getty Images)

Reflecting on his strong start to the Scandinavian Invitation, James Morrison admitted he is in a happier place after off-course problems caused him to consider his future as a golfer.

The two time European Tour winner sits in a tie for seventh place after the first round in Gothenburg after shooting a four under par 66.

Morrison took an extended break between the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open in July and last week's D+D Real Czech Masters, and on Thursday revealed the Rolex Series event at The Renaissance Club was close to being his last tournament.

But the Englishman has found good form since his return to action and said he has a new attitude towards the game.

He said: "I'm very happy with today, today was a good score. It was a very windy day.

"I've found something - I'm not going to bore you with the details but those four weeks off after Scotland kind of came at the right time for me to actually figure out what I want to do, figure out whether I want to play golf any more or figure out what my direction is.

"So I feel like I've kind of got things on an even keel again.

"It's my tenth year out here now in a row and I've won twice. This year's been more not about golf, it's about everything else.

"Tour life is getting a chore, travelling's becoming hard. I've got a little boy at home, my wife's having some health problems - she had surgery two days ago.

"So there's stuff at home going on that's kind of taken my attention away from the game. I really questioned whether that was it.

"Scotland was close to being my last ever event but that's just the way it goes, that's life and you've got to deal with it.

"I changed coaches in the search for better golf. It hasn't worked out the last two years so I've gone back to my old coach Hugh Marr.

"And I've done some really good work with Justin Buckthorp, my trainer-come-psychologist, best friend, everything, mentor. 

"I've stripped everything back and realised why I'm doing it, what I'm doing it for and I'm in a happier place personally.

"So it's not about golf - golf is not an issue for me. When you're happy and you've got your life in check you can play well."

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