Garth Mulroy of South Africa held on to win his first European Tour title in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club. Scotland’s George Murray finished two shots back in second place.
Mulroy took a two-stroke lead into the final round, but Jbe Kruger caught hime early on Sunday when Mulroy made a bogey at the second hole. Kruger’s challenge fell apart at the 9th, however, where he found the water and he eventually finished in a tie for ninth.
It was George Murray of Scotland who emerged as Mulroy’s closest challenger. Mulroy looked to have sealed the deal with four birdies around the turn but Murray struck back with a fabulous eagle at the 15th. When Mulroy dropped a shot at the 14th, the pair were tied at the top of the leaderboard.
Murray parred in to return an excellent clubhouse total of 17-under par. But Mulroy was not to be denied. He made birdies at the 15th and 16th to move two clear once again and two pars to finish were enough to secure the title for the 33-year-old.
“I just tried to play smart golf and hit it in the right spots,” said Mulroy. “There are a lot of opportunities for me now. It’s nice to have these kind of options.”
Murray’s second place finish caps a fabulous end to the season for the Scot. At the start of October he was 183rd on the Race to Dubai and a trip to Q school looked highly likely. But a third place in the Alfred Dunhill Links then a second place here means he now has almost €400,000 and has climbed to 77th on the Race.
Alfred Dunhill Championship
Leopard Creek Country Club, South Africa
Nov 17-20, purse €1,000,000, par 72
1 Garth Mulroy (RSA) 69 68 64 68 269 €158,500
2 George Murray (Sco) 66 69 69 67 271 €115,000
T3 Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 71 64 68 72 275 €48,750
T3 George Coetzee (RSA) 66 71 69 69 275 €48,750
T3 Jaco Van Zyl (RSA) 68 68 72 67 275 €48,750
T3 Peter Whiteford (Sco) 73 67 64 71 275 €48,750
T7 Hennie Otto (RSA) 69 68 67 72 276 €27,050
T7 Andrea Pavan (Ita) 68 70 68 70 276 €27,050
T9 James Kamte (RSA) 72 70 69 66 277 €19,700
T9 Jbe Kruger (RSA) 64 67 73 73 277 €19,700
T9 Steven Tiley (Eng) 70 69 70 68 277 €19,700
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage