Golf

Mulroy wins Nationwide event

2011-05-23 14:09
Garth Mulroy (File)

Greer - South Africa's Garth Mulroy won the BMW Charity Pro-Am on Sunday for his second career Nationwide Tour title, beating Sunghoon Kang on the first hole of a playoff when the South Korean missed a 3-foot par putt.

"You never expect someone to miss from that distance, but it happens," Mulroy said. "I was pretty shocked. I was probably already to the front of the green and thinking about the next tee shot."

The 32-year-old closed with a 4-under 67 on the Thornblade Club course to match Kang (69) at 18-under in the three-course tournament.

Kang, a conditional PGA Tour member, was making his first Nationwide Tour start.

"I missed so many putts today. It's really disappointing, said Kang, who had 34 putts during the final round - 18 on the back nine. "I've got to work on my putting a little bit more."

Mulroy earned $108 000.

"You never know if you're going to get another one," said Mulroy, also the 2009 South Georgia Classic winner. "This one was harder than the last one. With that one I was calmer, I was hitting the ball better and making birdies. Today after a little run on the front nine I got stuck on par for a while."

New Zealand's Danny Lee (65) was a stroke back, and Roberto Castro (65), B.J. Staten (64), Andrew Buckle (65), Will MacKenzie (66), Brent Delahoussaye (69) and Travis Hampshire (72) tied for fourth at 16-under.

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