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Mark William McNulty (born 25 October 1953) is an Irish/Zimbabwean professional golfer currently playing on the Champions Tour. He was one of the leading players on the European Tour from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, and cracked the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for 83 weeks from 1987 to 1992.[1]

Mark McNulty
Personal information
Full nameMark William McNulty
Born (1953-10-25) 25 October 1953 (age 65)
Bindura, Southern Rhodesia
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Nationality Zimbabwe
 Ireland
Career
CollegeNone
Turned professional1977
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)Sunshine Tour
European Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins59
Number of wins by tour
European Tour16
Sunshine Tour33 (2nd all time)
PGA Tour Champions8
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT16: 1988
U.S. OpenT17: 1988
The Open ChampionshipT2: 1990
PGA ChampionshipT8: 1990
Achievements and awards
Sunshine Tour
Order of Merit Winner
1980/81, 1981/82, 1984/85, 1985/86, 1986/87, 1992/93, 1996/97, 1997/98, 2000/01

McNulty was born in Bindura, Southern Rhodesia (now known as Zimbabwe). He was raised on a farm in the Centenary area of Zimbabwe. His step-father was an amateur pilot who had an airstrip on the farm. When his step-father was diagnosed with epilepsy, he was forced to give up flying. He converted the airstrip into a three-hole golf course, where Mark first learned to play golf.

McNulty became an Irish citizen in 2003 at the age of 50. He was eligible to do so because his maternal grandmother was born in Ballymena in Northern Ireland. He explained that his reason for doing so was his concern that as a non-resident Zimbabwean it could take him up to two years to get his passport renewed if he lost it. Commentators elaborated that the farm that his family had been managing for 40-something years had been confiscated by the Mugabe regime.[2] He currently lives in Sunningdale, England.

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CareerEdit

After a successful amateur career, McNulty began his professional career on the Southern African Tour (now the Sunshine Tour) and also played on the European Tour starting in 1978. His first professional win was the 1979 Holiday Inns Royal Swazi Sun Open in South Africa. By 1986 he was a dominant player on the Southern African Tour, picking up seven official wins in that year and also winning South Africa's most lucrative event, the Million Dollar Challenge. In the same year he finished in the top ten on the European Tour's Order of Merit for the first time, placing sixth. He had six top ten European Order of Merit finishes in total, including second places in 1987 and 1990. The last of these was in 1996, when he came fifth. His win tally on the European Tour was sixteen, including the 1996 Volvo Masters, which was the European equivalent of the PGA Tour's Tour Championship. He won the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit nine times: 1980/81, 1981/82, 1984/85, 1985/86, 1986/87, 1992/93, 1996/97, 1997/98, 2000/01.

When McNulty turned fifty and became eligible to play senior golf he chose to take part in the U.S.-based Champions Tour. His first full season in 2004 was highly successful with three wins (including the Charles Schwab Cup Championship) and a seventh-place finish on the money list. In 2007 he won the JELD-WEN Tradition, one of the five major championships on the over-50 tour. It was McNulty's sixth career win on the Champions Tour. His seventh win came in 2009 at the Principal Charity Classic with a playoff win over Nick Price and Fred Funk.

McNulty lists his interests as piano, fine arts and koi fish.

Amateur wins (2)Edit

  • 1974 Rhodesia Amateur Championship
  • 1977 South African Amateur Stroke Play Championship

Professional wins (58)Edit

European Tour wins (16)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 24 Jun 1979 Greater Manchester Open −13 (64-66-71-66=267) 5 strokes   Manuel Piñero
2 24 Aug 1980 Braun German Open −8 (71-70-70-69=280) 1 stroke   Tony Charnley,   Neil Coles
3 26 Oct 1986 Portuguese Open −18 (66-69-69-66=270) 1 stroke   Ian Mosey
4 31 May 1987 London Standard Four Stars National Pro-Celebrity −15 (70-67-69-67=273) Playoff   Sam Torrance
5 7 Jun 1987 Dunhill British Masters −14 (71-65-71-67=274) 1 stroke   Ian Woosnam
6 30 Aug 1987 German Open −25 (65-66-65-63=259) 3 strokes   Antonio Garrido
7 17 Apr 1988 Cannes Open −9 (72-71-70-66=279) 3 strokes   Ron Commans,   Joey Sindelar
8 8 Jul 1989 Torras Monte Carlo Open −15 (68-64-64-65=261) 6 strokes   José Maria Cañizares,   Jeff Hawkes
9 16 Apr 1990 Credit Lyonnais Cannes Open −8 (69-71-69-71=280) 1 stroke   Ronan Rafferty
10 26 Aug 1990 Volvo German Open −18 (67-68-70-65=270) 3 strokes   Craig Parry
11 25 Aug 1991 Volvo German Open −15 (68-67-72-66=273) Playoff   Paul Broadhurst
12 7 Aug 1994 BMW International Open −14 (70-71-68-65=274) 1 stroke   Seve Ballesteros
13 11 Feb 1996 Dimension Data Pro-Am −6 (69-67-73-73=282) 4 strokes   Brenden Pappas,   Nick Price,
  Ricky Willison
14 28 Jul 1996 Sun Microsystems Dutch Open −18 (67-65-66-68=266) 1 stroke   Scott Hoch
15 27 Oct 1996 Volvo Masters −8 (72-69-67-68=276) 7 strokes   José Cóceres,   Sam Torrance,
  Wayne Westner,   Lee Westwood
16 28 Jan 2001 Mercedes-Benz South African Open −8 (69-71-69-71=280) 1 stroke   Justin Rose

European Tour playoff record (2–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1987 London Standard Four Stars National Pro-Celebrity   Sam Torrance Won with birdie on second extra hole
2 1990 Wang Four Stars   Michael Clayton,   Rodger Davis,
  Bill Malley
Davis won with birdie on seventh extra hole
Malley and McNulty eliminated by par on first hole
3 1991 Volvo German Open   Paul Broadhurst Won with par on first extra hole
4 1993 Air France Cannes Open   Rodger Davis Lost to par on first extra hole

Sunshine Tour wins (33)Edit

Other wins (3)Edit

Champions Tour wins (8)Edit

Legend
Champions Tour major championships (1)
Other Champions Tour (7)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 22 Feb 2004 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am −13 (67-65-68=200) 1 stroke   Larry Nelson
2 17 Oct 2004 SBC Championship −18 (67-63-65=195) 8 strokes   Gary McCord
3 24 Oct 2004 Charles Schwab Cup Championship −11 (69-74-68-66=177) 1 stroke   Tom Kite
4 26 Jun 2005 Bank of America Championship −12 (67-69-68=204) Playoff   Don Pooley,   Tom Purtzer
5 16 Oct 2005 Administaff Small Business Classic −16 (66-68-66=200) 1 stroke   Gil Morgan
6 19 Aug 2007 JELD-WEN Tradition −16 (66-68-70-68=272) 5 strokes   David Edwards
7 31 May 2009 Principal Charity Classic −10 (68-69-66=203) Playoff   Fred Funk,   Nick Price
8 24 Apr 2011 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
(with David Eger)
−27 (64-64-61=189) Playoff   Scott Hoch &   Kenny Perry

Champions Tour playoff record (3–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2005 Bank of America Championship   Don Pooley,   Tom Purtzer Won with birdie on second extra hole
2 2009 Principal Charity Classic   Fred Funk,   Nick Price Won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Price eliminated with birdie on first hole
3 2009 Senior British Open   Fred Funk,   Loren Roberts Roberts won with par on third extra hole
Funk eliminated with birdie on first hole
4 2011 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
(with David Eger)
  Scott Hoch &   Kenny Perry Won with par on second extra hole

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament T16 CUT
U.S. Open T53 CUT T50 CUT CUT T35 T66 T17 CUT
The Open Championship T23 T23 T54 T45 CUT T59 T11 T28 T11
PGA Championship T54 T70 CUT WD T17
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament T35 CUT CUT
U.S. Open T33 CUT T28
The Open Championship T2 T64 T28 T14 T11 T40 T14 32 CUT T37
PGA Championship T8 T27 CUT T15 CUT
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship T11 CUT T53
PGA Championship CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 12 7
The Open Championship 0 1 0 1 1 9 22 19
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 3 11 6
Totals 0 1 0 1 2 14 50 34
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 9 (1989 Open Championship – 1993 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1990 Open Championship – 1990 PGA)

Senior major championshipsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
2007 JELD-WEN Tradition −16 (66-68-70-68=272) 5 strokes   David Edwards

Senior results timelineEdit

Results not in chronological order before 2017.

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
The Tradition 8 T46 1 T25 T25 T16 T59 T44 T46 T29
Senior PGA Championship T7 T6 T19 T17 T34 T38 T28 T48 T9
U.S. Senior Open T19 T7 T14 T18 3 T36 T48 T42
Senior Players Championship T9 T11 T41 T31 T52 T28 77 T52 5 T54
Senior British Open Championship T5 8 T27 T34 T16 T2 T44 T18 T26 CUT T31 CUT 30 T60
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Team appearancesEdit

Amateur

Professional

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking
  2. ^ Keogh, Brian (27 November 2003). "Mark McNulty takes Irish citzenship [sic]". Retrieved 21 June 2012.

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