Superb display in South Africa by golf duo

George Murray. Picture by JANE BARLOW
George Murray. Picture by JANE BARLOW

TWO top local golfers finished second and third after a marvellous weekend showing in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek, South Africa.

George Murray, of Anstruther, and Peter Whiteford, of the golfing clan at Wellsgreen, near Windygates, did the area proud with their form and consistency.

Winner Garth Mulroy, of South Africa, finished 19 under par on 269, two strokes ahead of Murray, with Whiteford another four strokes back in third slot with 275.

Mulroy managed par on the five-par final hole to clinch his first European Tour title.

The Durban player was two in front of Murray, heading into the last round, and three clear by the time he reached the 14th tee.

However, he bogeyed as Murray converted a 20-foot eagle at the long 15th.

The players were eventually level but, while Murray parred the last three holes, Mulroy two-putted the 15th after locating the green in two and then posted a breathtaking 60-foot putt at the next.

East Neuk player Murray, the 2004 Scottish Amateur champion, accomplished his best tour finish, seven weeks after he was third in the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews. He and Whiteford both retain hopes of reaching the wealthy Dubai World Championship.

A brilliant third-round 64 helped keep Whiteford in touch with the leaders and he remained a strong contender throughout, before slipping back slightly with a final day, one-under 71.

269 - Garth Mulroy (69, 68, 64, 68); 271 - George Murray (66, 69, 69, 67); 275 - Peter Whiteford (73, 67, 64, 71).