McNulty Tries to Salvage Season


2005 Administaff Small Business ClassicTime is running out on Mark McNulty this year. Only two more tournaments remain in the Champions Tour regular season, and McNulty has yet to win for the first time in his senior tour career.
The Administaff Small Business Classic will be played this week outside Houston, and it was at the Administaff last year where McNulty got his fifth and final victory.
Mark McNulty
Mark McNulty hopes to save his season with a repeat win this week.
This season has been a rarity for the Zimbabwe-born McNulty. He has won 55 times around the world, 16 of those on the European Tour. But this year he has struggled, failing to land in the top-10 since early May when he was second at the Regions Charity Classic.
The 52-year-old is in his third year on the Champions Tour. Coming out in 2004, he won three times. And that is just what was expected of him.
The general consensus by people who knew I was coming on the Champions Tour said, Oh, you're going to clean up, and it pushed into me too much, McNulty said.
I didn't play great my last season in Europe, but it was OK. I think what they were trying to reflect upon - that the likes of the (Bruce) Fleishers and the (Hale) Irwins and the guys who have been dominant on this tour are getting towards their latter stages of their career where they can win on this tour.
But McNulty has come along at the start of a very competitive period in Champions Tour history. First he had the ascent of Craig Stadler, then Jay Haas and Loren Roberts. Now he will have to contend with Fred Funk, Chip Beck and Scott Hoch, and next year his close friend Nick Price is turning 50. Mark OMeara, Nick Faldo, Jeff Sluman and John Cook are also joining the tour next season.

There's so many more people coming on, said McNulty. So I think the competition is going to get stronger and stronger out on this tour.
When I came on tour, I was pleasantly surprised to see the competition was unbelievable. I got out here the first day and I shot 67, I think it was in 2004, and Tom Kite shot 7 under and I thought, Wow, I'm going to have to play well, and I thought I played great. Even halfway through the year, I realized that even like with Gil Morgan, Gil can really still play. And Hale, we all know he can really still play. He won four times last year.
I think what's gone and what's coming on the Champions Tour only bodes well for it.
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