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Mulroy Wins First Tour Title

South African wins Alfred Dunhill Championship

Posted Nov 22, 2011 by Chris White

Garth Mulroy won the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek

South African Garth Mulroy won the Alfred Dunhill Championship after a final round 68 saw him hold off the challenge of Scotland’s George Murray at Leopard Creek. The victory was the first for the 33-year old on the European Tour, finishing 19-under par overall and two strokes clear of Murray.

The Scot shot a final round 67 to close the gap on the overnight leader, but birdies on the 15th and 16th holes meant Mulroy needed to par the final two holes to win the tournament. Another Scot came third, with Peter Whiteford finishing level with the South African duo of George Coetzee and Jaco van Zyl on 13-under after a final round 71.

Mulroy saw is three-shot lead disappear on the 14th hole, bogeying the hole as Murray eagled the par five 15th, but Mulroy recovered well, birdying the 15th and then holed a 60-foot birdie on 16 to relieve some of the pressure. The South African admitted to the media afterwards that he had been nervous, but it was the monster putt on 16, which convinced him he was destined to win the tournament.

“I knew halfway down that slope it had a chance,” he said. “I just tried to play smart golf throughout and hit the right spots, and for the most part that’s what I did.”

For Murray, second means a Tour-best finish just two months after finishing third in the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews, where he outscored his playing partner and world number one Luke Donald in the final round.

Now safely inside the world’s top 80, the Scottish Amateur champion of 2004 avoids having to make a sixth trip to qualifying school, having been 183rd on the money list at the start of October. Now, however, he has winnings of more than £325,000.

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