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April 25, 2014

List, Mulroy aiming to be first two-time Classic winners

VALDOSTA — Seven times the South Georgia Classic has been held at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club and seven times a different player has won.

Luke List and Garth Mulroy are hoping that trend ends next week. The Classic returns to Kinderlou from May 1-4, and former winners List and Mulroy are part of the tournament field.

List won by two strokes in 2012, tying for the tournament’s lowest score with 2011 winner Ted Potter Jr. at 272 over the four rounds, and Mulroy edged Chris Tidland by one shot in 2009. The South African Mulroy, who turned pro in 2003, has netted just one more win since that initial breakthrough at the Classic. In 2011, he won in a playoff at the BMW Charity Pro-Am, shooting 15-under 268 before defeating Kang Sung-hoon in extra holes.

Mulroy, though, has also spent two of the past four years on the PGA Tour after earning promotions from the Tour, formerly the Nationwide. In 2010, Mulroy played 19 PGA events, earning a top 10 finish at the Valero Texas Open, placing sixth. After returning to the Tour in 2011, Mulroy again earned a promotion and played 20 PGA events in 2012. His top finish there, though, was a top 25 placing at the Greenbrier Classic, finishing 22nd.

So far this season, Mulroy has played in three of the events and finished tied for fifth in the Louisiana Open at the end of March where he shot a 12-under 272 for his best showing. He tied for 12th at the Chile Classic in early March with a 10-under 278 and missed the cut at the Brasil Champions.

List, meanwhile, only has that won victory after turning pro in 2007. The former Vanderbilt Commodore has played just eight events on the Tour the past two seasons, earning his PGA Tour card for the 2013 season after finishing fourth on the 2012 money list. There, he played 24 events, making just nine cuts and earning two top 25 finishes at the Wells Fargo Championship (16th) and the RBC Canadian Open (21st).

This season, List has made just one cut when he tied for 51st at the Panama Claro Championship.

Neither List nor Mulroy played in this week’s WNB Golf Classic in Midland, Texas, where Andrew Putnam leads through two rounds after a pair of 66s. The 12-under score gives Putnam a one shot lead in front of Tom Gillis.

Tour leader Carlos Ortiz is three strokes back in a tie for third with Rod Pampling. Ortiz, who has two wins already, would earn an immediate promotion with one more win, becoming the first player to do so since Michael Sim in 2009.

Ortiz, who turned 23 Thursday and could be the youngest player to earn the promotion, is trying to be the 10th player to accomplish the feat.

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