Mark McNulty

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Mark McNulty
Personal information
Full nameMark William McNulty
Born (1953-03-24) 24 March 1953 (age 67)
Bindura, Southern Rhodesia
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Nationality Zimbabwe
 Ireland (since 2003)
SpouseAllison
Children2
Career
CollegeNone
Turned professional1977
Current tour(s)PGA Tour Champions
Former tour(s)Sunshine Tour
European Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins59
Highest ranking6 (18 October 1987)[1]
Number of wins by tour
European Tour16
Sunshine Tour33
Challenge Tour1
PGA Tour Champions8
Other3
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT16: 1988
PGA ChampionshipT8: 1990
U.S. OpenT17: 1988
The Open ChampionshipT2: 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 24 March 1953) is an Irish/Zimbabwean professional golfer currently playing on the PGA Tour Champions. He was one of the leading players on the European Tour from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, and featured in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for 83 weeks from 1987 to 1992.[2]

Early life[edit]

McNulty was born in Bindura, Southern Rhodesia (now known as Zimbabwe). He was raised on a farm in the Centenary area of Zimbabwe. When McNulty was one year old, his natural father was killed in a shooting accident. 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.

Amateur career[edit]

McNulty represented Rhodesia at the 1974 Eisenhower Trophy in the Dominican Republic on the same team as future PGA Tour winner Denis Watson.[3]

Professional 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-10 on the European Tour's Order of Merit for the first time, placing sixth. He had six top-10 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 16, 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.

In July 1990, at the 119th Open Championship at the Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland, with a, best in the field, closing round of 65, McNulty finished tied second with Payne Stewart, after winner Nick Faldo.

McNulty represented Zimbabwe seven times at the Alfred Dunhill Cup and eight times at the World Cup. At the 1994 World Cup of Golf in Puerto Rico, the Zimbabwe team of McNulty and Tony Johnstone finished second after United States and McNulty finished tied 4th in the individual competition.

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.

Private life[edit]

During 1978−1980, McNulty represented South Africa in professional tournaments.

In November 1981, he received serious facial and neck injuries when his car in high speed collided with a bus near his parents' farm in Zimbabwe, on is way to the ICL Tournament in Johannesburg, South Africa.[4] Despite his injuries, McNulty played in the 1981 South African Open the following month and won a tournament in Durban in January 1982, eight weeks after the accident.[5]

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 stated 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.[4] He lives in Sunningdale, England[4] with his wife Allison and they have two children together, Matthew (born 1985) and Catherine (born 1988). McNulty also have two stepchildren and two grandchildren.[6]

McNulty lists his interests as piano, fine arts, scuba activities, underwater photography, and shark diving.[6]

McNulty is the Director of the Mark McNulty Junior Golf Foundation, a non-profit organisation whose objective is to use golf as a medium to improve a child's development on and off the golf course, while growing the game of golf.[7]

Amateur wins (2)[edit]

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

Professional wins (59)[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 Volvo German Open (2) −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 María Cañizares, South Africa Jeff Hawkes
9 16 Apr 1990 Credit Lyonnais Cannes Open (2) −8 (69-71-69-71=280) 1 stroke Northern Ireland Ronan Rafferty
10 26 Aug 1990 Volvo German Open (3) −18 (67-68-70-65=270) 3 strokes Australia Craig Parry
11 25 Aug 1991 Volvo German Open (4) −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-Am1 −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 Open1 −8 (69-71-69-71=280) 1 stroke England Justin Rose

1Co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour

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 Mike Clayton, Australia Rodger Davis,
United States Bill Malley
Davis won with birdie on seventh extra hole
Malley and McNulty eliminated by par 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]

1Co-sanctioned by the European Tour

Challenge Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 12 Jan 1992 Zimbabwe Open −16 (72-65-67-68=272) 9 strokes Zimbabwe Tony Johnstone

Asia Golf Circuit wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 23 Mar 1980 Malaysian Open −15 (67-64-67-72=270) 9 strokes Taiwan Tsao Chien-teng

Other wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 7 Dec 1986 Nedbank Million Dollar Challenge −6 (74-70-70-68=282) 3 strokes United States Lanny Wadkins
2 14 Nov 1988 Benson & Hedges Trophy
(with France Marie-Laure de Lorenzi)[8]
−12 (276) 1 stroke Spain Tania Abitbol and Spain José María Cañizares

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=277) 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 United States David Eger)
−27 (64-64-61=189) Playoff United States Scott Hoch and 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 The Senior Open Championship 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 United States David Eger)
United States Scott Hoch and 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 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.

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)

Results in The Players Championship[edit]

Tournament 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
The Players Championship T23 T13 CUT T23 T43
  Did not play

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

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Tournament 2001
Match Play R16
Championship NT1
Invitational

1Cancelled due to 9/11

  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
NT = No tournament

Senior 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

Senior results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2017.

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
The Tradition 8 T46 1 T25 T25 T16 T59 T44 T46 T29 T53
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 T18
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

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

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Week 42 1987 Ending 18 Oct 1987" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  2. ^ 69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking
  3. ^ a b "Record Book 1974 World Amateur Team Golf Championships" (PDF). Retrieved 30 November 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Keogh, Brian (27 November 2003). "Mark McNulty takes Irish citzenship [sic]". Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  5. ^ "I Siffror Sett, Syfafrika-touren" [In the Numbers, South African Tour]. Svensk Golf (in Swedish). No. 1. February 1982. p. 60.
  6. ^ a b "Mark McNulty – Profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Mark McNulty Junior Golf Foundation".
  8. ^ Sellberg, Lena (December 1988). "Marie - vilken fighter, McNulty/Taya - vilket par!" [Marie - What a fighter, McNulty/Taya - What a couple!]. Svensk Golf (in Swedish). No. 12. p. 41-42.

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