Golf

Schwartzel triumphs in style

2012-12-16 18:50
Charl Schwartzel (Gallo Images)
Malelane - Charl Schwartzel was the runaway winner for the second time in a week as he coasted to a 12-shot victory at the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Championship here on Sunday.

The former Masters champion underlined his return to form with a 24-under-par score of 264 - the lowest tournament total at Leopard Creek Country Club - to again leave the field trailing following an 11-shot win in Thailand last weekend.

The South African cruised to his eighth career title on the European Tour with a final-round 3-under 69 to win ahead of Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg on 12 under. Schwartzel also won this tournament for his first title on the Tour back in 2004.

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Taking a 10-shot lead over Frenchman Gregory Bourdy into the final round, Schwartzel even stretched his lead on Sunday in a repeat of his dominant showing in Thailand a week ago.

"That doesn't happen often," he said. "Normally after a win by such a big margin, it's hard to put up the same show the next week. It's satisfying to continue that form and play the same sort of golf. I keep talking about consistency, and mine is back where I like it to be."

First-round leader Bourdy dropped to a share of third with Scott Jamieson, Garth Mulroy and Andy Sullivan on 11 under, 13 shots behind a rampant Schwartzel, who was also only three shots off Tiger Woods's record for the biggest margin of victory on the European Tour. Woods won the US Open in 2000 by 15 shots.

The only thing that slowed Schwartzel's march to victory on the final day was a brief weather delay.

He had little trouble closing out the win when the players returned to secure his first title on the European Tour since his victory at the Masters in 2011. Schwartzel's similarly commanding win at the Asian Tour's Thailand Golf Championship was his first title on any tour since Augusta.

Schwartzel finished with a relatively subdued 3 under round with four birdies and a bogey to win with scores of 67, 64, 64 and 69.

Broberg was second outright with his final-round 70 after Bourdy had a double-bogey seven on the last to slip into a tie for third with Scotland's Jamieson, South Africa's Mulroy and England's Sullivan.

Meanwhile, Sweden's Magnus Carlsson had the third hole-in-one on the par-3 No 12 in three days after Keith Horne aced the short hole on Friday and again on Saturday.

Schwartzel takes over at the top of the European Tour's Race to Dubai money list from Jamieson after the opening two events of the new season.

South Africa hosts its third straight tournament to start the tour with next month's Volvo Golf Champions in Durban.

Scores after the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Sunday at the par-72, 6 671m Leopard Creek Country Club (RSA unless specified):

264 - Charl Schwartzel 67 64 64 69
276 - Kristoffer Broberg (SWE) 70 69 67 70
277 - Scott Jamieson (SCO) 70 68 71 68, Garth Mulroy 71 68 70 68, Andy Sullivan (ENG) 73 71 64 69, Gregory Bourdy (FRA) 66 65 74 72
278 - Richard Sterne 70 68 70 70, Keith Horne 70 69 68 71, Steve Webster (ENG) 67 69 70 72
279 - George Coetzee 71 70 73 65, Richard Bland (ENG) 67 73 71 68
280 - David Howell (ENG) 70 73 70 67, Tyrone van Aswegen 70 68 71 71, Branden Grace 68 71 67 74
281 - Richard McEvoy (ENG) 69 70 74 68, Peter Lawrie (IRL) 70 71 69 71, Danie van Tonder 72 70 67 72
282 - Magnus A Carlsson (SWE) 71 69 72 70, Danny Willett (ENG) 70 73 67 72
283 - Alessandro Tadini (ITA) 72 70 71 70, Justin Walters 73 71 68 71, Tjaart van der Walt 72 68 71 72, Lorenzo Gagli (ITA) 71 71 68 73, Darren Fichardt 67 68 73 75
284 - Desvonde Botes 75 69 69 71, Gary Lockerbie (ENG) 73 70 69 72, Bjorn Akesson (SWE) 71 70 70 73, Oscar Floren (SWE) 69 70 70 75, David Drysdale (SCO) 69 72 68 75
285 - Marc Warren (SCO) 73 71 75 66, Eddie Pepperell (ENG) 74 70 73 68, Espen Kofstad (NOR) 69 71 74 71, Michael Jonzon (SWE) 74 67 71 73, Doug McGuigan 71 71 68 75, Louis de Jager 67 69 73 76, John Parry (ENG) 72 70 67 76
286 - Richard Finch (ENG) 70 68 78 70, Mikael Lundberg(SWE) 71 72 73 70, Robert Rock (ENG) 69 68 77 72, Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 73 71 69 73, Vaughn Groenewald 72 70 69 75, Maximilian Kieffer (GER) 68 69 72 77, Matteo Delpodio (ITA) 72 68 69 77
287 - Simon Wakefield (ENG) 74 67 75 71, Divan van den Heever 73 71 69 74, JB Hansen (DEN) 70 70 72 75
288 - Peter Whiteford(SCO) 75 68 75 70, Oliver Bekker 67 77 72 72, Jaco Van Zyl 69 71 69 79
289 - Allan Versfeld 71 72 76 70, Sam Little (ENG) 72 69 76 72, Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 69 69 74 77, Anton Haig 73 66 72 78, Alejandro Canizares (ESP) 70 72 69 78
290 - Eduardo de la Riva (ESP) 72 69 77 72, Graeme Storm (ENG) 68 74 76 72, Hennie Otto 71 71 75 73, Jean Hugo 71 71 74 74, Peter Uihlein (USA) 70 73 72 75, Estanislao Goya (ARG) 70 74 71 75, Thomas Aiken 70 73 67 80
291 - Tyrone Mordt 71 67 80 73, Christiaan Basson 70 72 75 74, Matthew Southgate (ENG) 70 74 73 74, Ockie Strydom 69 69 76 77
292 - Matthew Nixon (ENG) 75 69 75 73, George Murray (SCO) 73 69 73 77
293 - Neil Cheetham (ENG) 73 71 75 74
295 - Matthew Baldwin (ENG) 69 72 79 75
300 - James Kamte 70 72 74 84
WD - Louis Oosthuizen 73 67 72 WD

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