PGA Tour

Schwartzel makes Tour Championship cut

2016-09-13 10:47
Charl Schwartzel (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Charl Schwartzel is South Africa’s lone ranger at one of the final golfing events of the year - the Tour Championship.

Schwartzel came up from behind to seal a Top 30 spot in the BMW Championship, which booted out Rickie Fowler by 0.54 of a point.

He made a bogey-free final round of 64 and ended tied in fourth position on 12-under 276 at Carmel.

The South African made the biggest leap in the FedEx Cup standings, as he entered in the BMW Championship 43rd and went up 13 places to end 30th.

This is the second time Schwartzel qualifies for the Tour Championship, following his 2013 debut where Henrik Stenson (also out of the Tour this year) claimed the title.

The 31-year-old is in an unfortunate situation in order to claim the elusive FedEx Cup title, as he must win the Tour Championship and rely on No 1 Dustin Johnson to finish 29th or worse at the end of the tournament.

However it’s unlikely to happen, as Schwartzel is currently on 168 points - 3 582 points behind FedEx Cup leader Johnson.

South African golf legend Gary Player congratulated Schwartzel on Twitter after the BMW Championship and wished him well for Atlanta, saying: “Nicely played today and good luck in Atlanta.

Other South Africans, Louis Oosthuizen (38th) and Branden Grace (41st), failed to advance to East Lake.

The Tour Championship takes place from September 22-25, with the FedEx Cup trophy and it's $10m prize to be awarded after the tournament.

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