Garth close to Nationwide cutoff

Garth Mulroy is 18th on the Nationwide Tour Money List and must remain in the top 25 after playing this week’s Tour Championship in order to win a PGA Tour card for 2012.

With only $14,981 separating Mulroy from 25th on the Money List, the $1-million Tour Championship could make or break Mulroy’s 2012 season.

But he has snatched six top-25 finishes on the Nationwide Tour this year, despite missing nine cuts.

Mulroy includes victory at the BMW Charity Pro-Am to his list of solid finishes. He raced to a first-round 65 before closing the tournament at 18-under-par.

He went on to beat South Korean Sunghoon Kang in a playoff and claim the second Nationwide Tour victory of his career.

The 33-year-old has made eight cuts in 17 starts to earn his position at 18th in earnings, but there are many threatening to break into the top 25.

Mulroy must work to defend his position, especially with only $30,856 separating 20th from 30th, which means that big movement on the Money List is very achievable.

But Mulroy is no stranger to being a frontrunner and has nine top-10 finishes on the Sunshine Tour, including a second-place finish at the Joburg Open earlier this year.

He really marked his skill with two wins in South Africa, the first of which came at the Vodacom Origins of Golf Arabella event in 2008.

During the same year he took the Coca Cola Championship after finishing at 19-under-par. The result would spark Mulroy’s move to the US.

Countryman Brenden Pappas will also compete in the Tour Championship this week, but has much ground to cover from his current position at 33rd on the Money List.

Pappas made a four-spot slip down the list over the last week and must really turn it on to claim a PGA Tour card come Sunday.

Mulroy has built his way to 18th throughout the year and must give one final push at the Tour Championship this week to earn a well-deserved PGA Tour card.

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