Can Mulroy derail the Van Zyl express?

Garth Mulroy carded a five-under-par 67 in the third round of the Investec Cup, and that only brought him within three strokes of leader Jaco van Zyl.

“You don’t feel like you’re in a tournament, really,” he said, “with the format, and Jaco playing so well.”

Van Zyl has been in incredible form over the early months of 2013, winning over R2.5-million on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit so far, and add that to the R488,764 he won since the start of the Chase to the Investec Cup which got underway last October with the BMG Classic, it’s been a lucrative few months for him.

And if Mulroy is able to overturn the three-stroke deficit he had at the start of the final round which is being played at the Lost City Golf Course, that’s not going to make much difference to what Van Zyl takes home at the start of a seven-week break he is about to take.

Should Van Zyl win, he will pockets R163,400 for his victory in the tournament, and he is assured of the R2-million winner’s share for the Chase to the Investec Cup Bonus Pool already, no matter where he finishes.

He would hardly be concerned then, should Mulroy overtake him for the tournament victory, taking that R163,400, and relegating him to second or worse – even if he by some horrendous quirk of fate managed to finish last, the R15,900 he would bank will still be very nice indeed, thank you.

The money from the tournament is not counting towards the 2013 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, so a good finish by Mulroy is not going to make any difference to Mulroy’s current seventh spot at R1.18-million.

But it will be a great achievement if he is able to stop the runaway train that is Jaco van Zyl. “I haven’t really thought about that a whole lot,” he said. “I don’t know if he’ll make any doubles, but maybe he’ll make a bogey here and there.

“On this course, you’ve got plenty of birdie chances, so you’ve just got to go as low as you can.”

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