Andrew Murray

Andrew played the European Tour from 1979 – 1995 and recorded a magnificent win at the 1989 Panasonic European Open. After retiring due to injury, he turned his hand to commentating and is a regular on BBC Radio 5 Live. After turning 50, he combined that work with a return to tournament golf on the European Senior Tour and now runs Andrew Murray Golf Ltd; offering Professional golf services, corporate coaching, golf schools, and event management.

In 2003 & 2008 he was awarded the Toby Sunderland Award for services to charity through golf and continues this thread today as a Slip! Slap! Swing! ambassador, following his own brush with skin cancer.

My story
I have played professional golf for 48 years; the European Tour for almost 20, and the Senior Tour for 10, so I’ve made a career out of doing something I love, whilst following the sun around the globe. When I heard about the Slip! Slap! Swing! campaign my first thought was; ‘What a great idea – I want to get involved!’.

I have had a couple of scares with skin cancer, including blemishes on my hands, side of my temple, and the top of my ears, all classic places for sun damage for your typical golfer! Thankfully, these were all caught early, so I am in the clear, however others I know have not been so lucky.

The fact is that skin cancer is a horrible disease and can be fatal, however, it is preventable so I urge everyone to take a few minutes to get prepared for a sunny day on the golf course, just as you would a rainy day, and at times, especially in the UK, prepare for both.

I am especially keen to ensure that young golfers take the advice offered by this campaign. The sun is a hazard on the golf course, and if habits can be created when young they will stick, just like brushing teeth. As a parent, I know it can be difficult to get young people engaged with sunscreen, but perceive, they will thank you for it in the end!

I want to help skin cancer lose its grip on golf, allowing you to improve yours, whatever the weather.

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