Sublime Schwartzel wins by 12 at Leopard Creek

Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:47pm EST
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By Michael Todt

MALELANE, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa's Charl Schwartzel fired a final round 69 on home soil to claim an emphatic 12-stroke victory in the Alfred Dunhill Championship and seal his second win in a week on Sunday.

The 28 year-old, who finished 24-under-par overall after his three-under round, had begun the day with a 10-shot advantage over Frenchman Gregory Bourdy and never looked in any danger as he reached the turn at level-par for his round.

A two-hour delay for thunderstorms at the Leopard Creek Country Club followed, but the former U.S. Masters champion returned to the 10th hole and cruised to victory with three further birdies and no bogeys.

Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg ended up second.

"I thought I started off well today and through the first six holes I had an opportunity on every hole," Schwartzel told reporters.

"I hit good putts that didn't go in. Then the three-putt on eight put a stop to things and Gregory started to make some birdies. Then it got down to seven shots and that to me was as close as I wanted it to be.

"I was happy to make that birdie on nine just to pull the momentum back in my favor, because seven shots around this course is catchable. After the rain delay we came back and I played some nice, solid golf and put myself back in the driver's seat."

Last week Schwartzel claimed an 11-stroke victory at the Thailand Golf Championship on the Asian Tour, his first win in 20 months, and he dazzled the crowds once again at home as he stormed clear of his rivals for the second week in succession.   Continued...

Charl Schwartzel of South Africa hits out of a bunker on the 17th hole during the final round of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Nikhil Monteiro