Schwartzel gives chase
Bangkok - Masters champion Charl Schwartzel
shot a second straight 6-under 66 on Saturday to reduce Lee Westwood's
lead to four strokes at the Thailand Golf Championship.
led by 11 strokes at the halfway stage after going bogey-free on the
opening two days but a 1-over 73 in the third round allowed Schwartzel
to peg him back.
Schwartzel holed four straight birdies from the
2nd hole and was within three shots of the lead heading to the last but a
bogey 5 gave Westwood some breathing space.
Michael Thompson of the United States had a 3-under 69 to lie third at 12 under, seven shots adrift of Westwood.
didn't expect to be four shots back at the start of today's round,"
Schwartzel said. "I knew I had to shoot a low score. Lee didn't play
particularly well. I've seen him play much better golf.
"I feel I
still need to shoot a 64 or 65 on the last day to get a chance. At least
there's a light at the end of the tunnel now. Four shots is not much
Schwartzel came from four shots back to win his first major at the Masters in April.
won about two or three tournaments where I was four shots behind," he
said. "I don't know what the secret is. I just play my own game when I'm
Westwood's total of 197 for three rounds left him at
19 under. The Englishman shot a career-low score of 60 in the first
round and followed that with a 64.
He had four bogeys on Saturday as his form dipped.
a 60 and 64, you have to be a bit realistic unfortunately," Westwood
said. "A lot of people are going to think you're going to shoot 60, 62
and 64 every day but I'm afraid golf is not like that. Every day you
have to reset your goals and your sights.
"A four-shot lead into the last round is a good position to be in."
Leading scores after the third round of the $1 million Thailand Golf
Championship at the par-72 Amata Spring Golf Course on Saturday.
197 - Lee Westwood (ENG) 60-64-73
201 - Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 69-66-66
204 - Michael Thompson USA) 69-66-69
206 - Guido Van Der Valk (NED) 71-69-66
208 - Jyoti Randhawa 73-70-65
- Chawalit Plaphol (THA) 73-71-65, Rikard Karlberg (SWE) 72-71-66,
Daisuke Maruyama (JAP) 73-68-68, Prom Meesawat (THA) 72-68-69
210 - Kwanchai Tannin (THA) 69-71-70, John Daly (USA) 65-73-72
- Tetsuji Hiratsuka (JAP) 71-72-68, Jeev Milkha Singh (IND) 71-68-72,
Gregory Bourdy (FRA) 68-71-72, Gaganjeet Bhullar (IND) 70-69-72
212 - Scott Barr (AUS) 72-71-69
213 - Alex Cejka (GER) 71-71-71, Chinnarat Phadungsil (THA) 72-69-72, Lu Chien-soon (TPE) 69-71-73
214 - Marcus Both (AUS) 72-73-69, Quincy Quek (SIN) 74-69-71, Thaworn Wiratchant (THA) 68-73-73
217 - Sergio Garcia (ESP) 76-71-70
220 - Darren Clarke (NIR) 71-76-73
224 - Ryo Ishikawa (JAP) 70-77-77