Mark McNulty

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Mark McNulty
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Mark William McNulty
Born (1953-10-25) 25 October 1953 (age 61)
Bindura, Southern Rhodesia
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Nationality  Zimbabwe
 Ireland
Career
College None
Turned professional 1977
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) Sunshine Tour
European Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins 59
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 16
Sunshine Tour 33 (2nd all time)
Champions Tour 8
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T16: 1988
U.S. Open T17: 1988
The Open Championship T2: 1990
PGA Championship T8: 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

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]

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, so he converted the airstrip into a three-hole golf course. This is 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.

Career[edit]

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 Spain Manuel Piñero
2 24 Aug 1980 Braun German Open −8 (71-70-70-69=280) 1 stroke England Tony Charnley, England Neil Coles
3 26 Oct 1986 Portuguese Open −18 (66-69-69-66=270) 1 stroke England Ian Mosey
4 31 May 1987 London Standard Four Stars National Pro-Celebrity −15 (70-67-69-67=273) Playoff Scotland Sam Torrance
5 7 Jun 1987 Dunhill British Masters −14 (71-65-71-67=274) 1 stroke Wales Ian Woosnam
6 30 Aug 1987 German Open −25 (65-66-65-63=259) 3 strokes Spain Antonio Garrido
7 17 Apr 1988 Cannes Open −9 (72-71-70-66=279) 3 strokes United States Ron Commans, United States Joey Sindelar
8 8 Jul 1989 Torras Monte Carlo Open −15 (68-64-64-65=261) 6 strokes Spain José Maria Cañizares,
South Africa Jeff Hawkes
9 16 Apr 1990 Credit Lyonnais Cannes Open −8 (69-71-69-71=280) 1 stroke Northern Ireland Ronan Rafferty
10 26 Aug 1990 Volvo German Open −18 (67-68-70-65=270) 3 strokes Australia Craig Parry
11 25 Aug 1991 Volvo German Open −15 (68-67-72-66=273) Playoff England Paul Broadhurst
12 7 Aug 1994 BMW International Open −14 (70-71-68-65=274) 1 stroke Spain Seve Ballesteros
13 11 Feb 1996 Dimension Data Pro-Am −6 (69-67-73-73=282) 4 strokes South Africa Brenden Pappas, Zimbabwe Nick Price,
England Ricky Willison
14 28 Jul 1996 Sun Microsystems Dutch Open −18 (67-65-66-68=266) 1 stroke United States Scott Hoch
15 27 Oct 1996 Volvo Masters −8 (72-69-67-68-276) 7 strokes Argentina José Cóceres, Scotland Sam Torrance,
South Africa Wayne Westner, England Lee Westwood
16 28 Jan 2001 Mercedes-Benz South African Open −8 (69-71-69-71=280) 1 stroke England Justin Rose

European Tour playoff record (2–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1987 London Standard Four Stars National Pro-Celebrity Scotland Sam Torrance Won with birdie on second extra hole
2 1990 Wang Four Stars Australia Michael Clayton, Australia Rodger Davis, United States Bill Malley Davis won with par on seventh extra hole
Malley and McNulty eliminated on first hole
3 1991 Volvo German Open England Paul Broadhurst Won with par on first extra hole
4 1993 Air France Cannes Open Australia 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 United States Larry Nelson
2 17 Oct 2004 SBC Championship −18 (67-63-65=195) 8 strokes United States Gary McCord
3 24 Oct 2004 Charles Schwab Cup Championship −11 (69-74-68-66=177) 1 stroke United States Tom Kite
4 26 Jun 2005 Bank of America Championship −12 (67-69-68=204) Playoff United States Don Pooley, United States Tom Purtzer
5 16 Oct 2005 Administaff Small Business Classic −16 (66-68-66=200) 1 stroke United States Gil Morgan
6 19 Aug 2007 JELD-WEN Tradition −16 (66-68-70-68=272) 5 strokes United States David Edwards
7 31 May 2009 Principal Charity Classic −10 (68-69-66=203) Playoff United States Fred Funk, Zimbabwe Nick Price
8 24 Apr 2011 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
(with David Eger)
−27 (64-64-61=189) Playoff United States Scott Hoch & United States Kenny Perry

Champions Tour playoff record (3–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2005 Bank of America Championship United States Don Pooley, United States Tom Purtzer Won with birdie on second extra hole
2 2009 Principal Charity Classic United States Fred Funk, Zimbabwe Nick Price Won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Price eliminated with birdie on first hole
3 2009 Senior British Open United States Fred Funk, United States 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)
United States Scott Hoch & United States Kenny Perry Won with par on second extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T16 CUT
U.S. Open DNP T53 CUT T50 CUT CUT T35 T66 T17 CUT
The Open Championship T23 T23 T54 T45 DNP CUT T59 T11 T28 T11
PGA Championship DNP DNP T54 DNP DNP T70 CUT WD T17 DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP T35 DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP CUT DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP T33 DNP DNP CUT DNP T28 DNP DNP
The Open Championship T2 T64 T28 T14 T11 T40 T14 32 CUT T37
PGA Championship T8 T27 DNP CUT T15 DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T11 CUT DNP T53
PGA Championship DNP CUT DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

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)

Champions Tour major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

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

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
The Tradition DNP 8 T46 1 T25 T25 DNP T16 T59 T44 T46
Senior PGA Championship T7 T6 T19 DNP DNP T17 DNP T34 T38 T28 T48
Senior Players Championship T9 T11 T41 T31 T52 DNP DNP T28 77 T52 5
U.S. Senior Open T19 T7 T14 T18 3 T36 DNP T48 DNP T42 DNP
Senior British Open Championship T5 8 T27 T34 T16 T2 DNP T44 T18 T26 CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

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