Schwartzel claims lopsided Euro Tour win

Dec. 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM
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MALELANE, South Africa, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Charl Schwartzel cruised to his second lopsided win in two weeks Sunday, winning the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Arica by 12 strokes.

Schwartzel won the Thailand Golf Championship on Dec. 9, ending up 11 strokes ahead of the field. This week he had back-to-back 64s in building a 10-stroke lead through three rounds and used a 3-under-par 69 Sunday to finish off his ninth European Tour win.

It was his second Dunhill win -- his first European Tour win was at the event in December 2004. He's also finished second four times at the tournament.

His 72-hole total of 24-under 264 represented tournament records for score and strokes under par.

Kristoffer Broberg, was 2-under for the final round, and wound up at 12-under for second. Gregory Bourdy suffered a final-hole double bogey and shot 72 Sunday to slip into a tie for third with Scott Jamieson (68 Sunday), Garth Mulroy (68) and Andy Sullivan (69) at 11-under 277.

Schwartzel opened Sunday's play with seven consecutive pars and then had a bogey at the eighth hole. He answered with a birdie at No. 9 and had a solid second nine -- marked by birdies at Nos. 12 and 13 -- for his 70.

Play was delayed about 2 hours due to a thunderstorm when Schwartzel was about halfway through his round.

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