McCarthy chasing professional return

Back healthy: Professional golfer Ryan McCarthy is ready to start using his clubs again. Picture: Brodie Weeding.
Back healthy: Professional golfer Ryan McCarthy is ready to start using his clubs again. Picture: Brodie Weeding.

Burnie’s Ryan McCarthy is physically and mentally prepared to attempt a comeback into professional golf after 10 months out recovering from multiple injuries.

After having a solid start to his 2017 European Tour season, including a start in the British Open, McCarthy saw his season end two weeks early due to two hernias.

McCarthy said it has been a long recovery process and he was ready to start playing again.

“The hernia repairs took 10 weeks to really get on top it, but because the groin is a sensitive area, it caused nerve aggravation as well,” McCarthy said.

“The general movement of twisting and turn in golf, although it is not that athletic of a sport, was the hardest thing to do when I got back to training, 

“I messed around and played some footy with Yolla, unfortunately cracked a rib, but now I am healthy enough aside from that rib injury to play again.”

The 28-year-old believed getting away from golf for the extended period of time was a blessing in disguise, helping him to improve his mental state and give him added perspective.

“It is a dangerous thing when your hobby becomes your profession, I probably wasn’t mentally well at the end of last year and I probably pushed myself too hard and played too many weeks.

Returning to professional golf won’t be easy for McCarthy, who owns no professional tour status.

McCarthy said he wanted to be comfortable with where his golfing abilities were before going to qualifying schools.

“I have to basically start all over again.

“The Aussie tour is something I can look into with tour school in December, but I would have to be sharp enough to go there.”