Dougherty happy with decision

Dougherty happy with decision

Nick Dougherty has admitted he was struggling to remain motivated in the sport and feels retiring is the right thing to do.

The 34-year-old ended his career this week at St Andrews after admitting that he no longer gets a kick from playing.

Dougherty, who turned professional in 2001 and recorded three European Tour triumphs, is set to take on a full-time role as a pundit.

The Liverpudlian revealed that it was emotional to bring it all to an end at the Dunhill Links Championship but feels positive about starting a new chapter.

Dougherty said: “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.

“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.”