The fifth in a series of profiles of the top 10 players on the 2013 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit:
No. 6 – Garth Mulroy
He finished inside the top 10 on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit for the third consecutive year, and Garth Mulroy showed the value of finishing well in the tournaments co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour and the European Tour.
He had top-10 finishes in the Joburg Open, the Africa Open and the South African Open Championship, giving him his three biggest paydays of the 2013 season, and a fourth top 10 – this one in the Investec Cup where he finished in a share of fifth – gave him a total of R1,607,056.50 for the year.
Consistency was also an important part of his success: A share of 16th in the Tshwane Open also contributed handsomely to his winnings, and there was another top-20 in the Dimension Data Pro-Am.
So, despite a quiet finish to the year, with a share of 44th in the Alfred Dunhill Championship and of 64th in the rain-hit Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa, he notched up his fourth top-10 performance on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit.
As his primary residence is in the United States, he will continue to push for higher PGA Tour status while he uses his status on the European Tour to probe for international success and access to the majors.
His 2014 Sunshine Tour efforts will start at the Joburg Open, and it is not unlikely that he will be in contention there.