Garth Mulroy shot an opening round of 65 in the US, leading the South African contingent at the Greenbrier Classic where he ended up in a tie for fifth.
The Durban-born golfer got off a promising start as he looks to improve on the somewhat disappointing start to the season, firing a five-under par round and finishing two strokes behind veteran Vijay Singh.
Mulroy’s round included eight birdies, the most recorded on the day, while three bogeys tarnished what would have been a near perfect round. He finished six strokes ahead of Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, the latter struggling to find his touch on the greens.
Mulroy’s best two results this season have been a share of 29th at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, and the Travelers Championship, which was held two weeks ago.The 33-year old, residing in North Carolina, is suited to the TPC Old White’s layout, which requires accurate shot-making. Mulroy’s approach shots are deadly accurate-and they will have to be if he is to continue moving up the leaderboard.
Although Mulroy’s driving was quite erratic on the day, his putter was red-hot, which resulted in him leading the putting statistics for the round.
Mulroy’s fellow South Africans, Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini, finished round one tied 63rd and 88th respectively.
By Devon Haantjes