Garth gearing up in America

Garth Mulroy has journeyed across the pond many times this season thanks to his playing cards for both the European and PGA Tours, and now returns to the States in search of Greenbrier glory.

The 2011 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit winner heads to the par-70 TPC Old White to play the Greenbrier Classic this week, looking to improve on a wobbly start to the season.

Joined by countrymen Rory Sabbatini and Trevor Immelman, Mulroy is definitely playing amongst the best, the most noticeable of whom is Tiger Woods, fresh off his AT&T National victory last week.

For Mulroy, however, it’s all about improving. His best two results this season have been a share of 29th at the WGC Cadillac Championship and the Travelers Championship, the latter of which came just two weeks ago.

The 33-year-old resides in North Carolina, but has spent time competing in Europe. He currently holds 95 in the Race to Dubai, largely contributed to by his share of 27th at the BMW PGA Championship in May.

Having earned his exemption for Europe when he won the Alfred Dunhill Championship last year, Mulroy then earned his card for the PGA Tour by finishing in the top 25 on what was then the Nationwide Tour.

With half a year behind him, Mulroy should have his head around all of the travel between continents. And that means he can focus on playing golf.

This week’s tournament heads to TPC Old White, where shot-makers shine. Mulroy’s arsenal includes some mean approach shots, and he will need to have them ready – the course was ranked 13th-toughest on the PGA Tour last year.

While Immelman strives for former glory and Sabbatini looks to seal another victory, the man to watch this week is Mulroy. Southern Africa has just one other player who could make waves: Brendon de Jonge.

The Zimbabwean has finished third and then tied fourth at the Greenbrier Classic, and has a scoring average 66.75. If that’s not reason enough, he has missed just three cuts this year and took a share of 11th at the AT&T National last week. The week before he finished eighth at the Travelers Championship.

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