Mulroy takes first European Tour title

Mulroy takes first European Tour title

Published Nov. 20, 2011 6:50 p.m. ET

South Africa's Garth Mulroy earned his first European Tour title at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Sunday, shooting a 4-under 68 to beat Scotland's George Murray by two shots.

Mulroy started the day with a two-shot lead but was joined atop the leaderboard twice during the final round at Leopard Creek, before birdies on the 15th and 16th secured the win. He finished with a 19-under total of 269.

Murray eagled the 15th - as Mulroy bogeyed the 14th - to put the home player under pressure coming in.

But he responded with two straight birdies, the second on the 16th coming through a 60-foot downhill putt. He closed with two pars.


Murray's second place was his career-best European Tour finish.

Chile's Felipe Aguilar, South African duo George Coetzee and Jaco van Zyl and Scotland's Peter Whiteford tied for third at 13 under.

The 33-year-old Mulroy bogeyed the second hole to let compatriot Jbe Kruger grab a share of the lead. Kruger's challenge eventually faded with a second straight 73, but the U.S.-based Mulroy then had to hold off Murray to claim his first win on the tour.

He birdied the sixth and eighth, then mixed four more birdies on the back nine with the bogey on 14.

''I just tried to play smart golf and hit it in the right spots,'' Mulroy said. ''I had allowed my thoughts to get a little ahead of themselves earlier on, but I managed to concentrate on the job at hand.''