McNulty renounces Zim citizenship


Staff Writer

IN what could be the death knell for local golf on the international arena, top Zimbabwean golfer Mark McNulty has renounced his Zimbabwean citizenship for an Irish one, IndependentSport has

heard.



McNulty took up Irish citizenship in November last year.



The top golfer has been one of the doyens of local golf together with other tour players Tony Johnstone and Nick Price.


The trio also represented Zimbabwe in the Alfred Dunhill Cup.

The failure of the top three golfer to participate in the Zimbabwe Open has seen a slow death of the sport as sponsorship has dried up.


In 2002 traditional sponsors Old Mutual and Central Africa Building Society (Cabs) pulled out due to the harsh economic environment.


McNulty rose to fame in 2001 when he won his 16th title, the Mercedes-Benz South African Open in January.


He almost became the oldest winner in European Tour history when, just before his 50th birthday, the seasoned golfer finished tied for second in the Smurfit European Open in Ireland, carding only three bogeys in 72 holes during a fantastic week at The K Club to finish only one shot behind winner Phillip Price.


The victory helped McNulty to finish on number 43 on the 2003 Volvo Order of Merit, his best finish since finishing fifth in 1996.

After turning 50 in October last year, McNulty turned his attention to Seniors Tour golf in both the United States and Europe.


He won the US Champions Tour Qualifying School Finals in November 2003.


Since cutting his milk teeth in the European Tour with a victory in 1979, McNulty has been a consistent winner amassing 16 titles in Europe as well as another 33 awards internationally.