Mulroy wins Alfred Dunhill, 1st Euro Tour title

Garth Mulroy after winning the 2011 Alfred Dunhill Championship

MALELANE, South Africa — South Africa’s Garth Mulroy shot a 4-under 68 Sunday to win the Alfred Dunhill Championship for his first European Tour title.

Mulroy began the day with a two-stroke lead. He was pushed by Scotland’s George Murray, but managed to birdie Nos. 15 and 16 to finish at 19 under for the tournament.

Murray eagled the 15th at Leopard Creek while Mulroy bogeyed the 14th, putting pressure on the home player. But Mulroy responded with the consecutive birdies, including a 60-foot downhill putt on 16, and 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 U.S.-based Mulroy bogeyed the second hole, then birdied the sixth and eighth. He 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.”

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