Charl Schwartzel romps to 12-shot win in South Africa

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MALELANE, South Africa — Charl Schwartzel was a runaway winner for the second consecutive week, coasting to a 12-shot victory Sunday at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on the European Tour.

The 2011 Masters Tournament champion finished with a total score of 24-under 264 – the lowest at Leopard Creek Country Club. He won by 11 strokes in Thailand last weekend. Schwartzel was three shots off Tiger Woods’ record for the biggest victory margin on the European Tour. Woods won the U.S. Open in 2000 by 15 shots.

Schwartzel won for the eighth time on the European Tour. The South African also captured this tournament in 2004, his first title on the tour.

He entered the final round with a 10-shot lead and closed with a 69. The runner-up was Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg, who finished at 12 under. First-round leader Gregory Bourdy shared third with former Augusta State golfer Scott Jamieson, Garth Mulroy and Andy Sullivan – 13 shots behind Schwartzel.

Schwartzel was surprised that he won by such lopsided margins in consecutive weeks.

“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.”

Schwartzel finished with four birdies and a bogey to win with scores of 67, 64, 64, 69. He overtook Jamieson at the top of the tour’s Race to Dubai money list after the opening two events of the season.

JOHOR OPEN: In Johor, Malaysia, Sergio Garcia won the rain-shortened Johor Open on Sunday, closing with an 11-under 61 for a three-stroke victory in the Asian Tour’s season-ending event.

The 32-year-old Spanish star finished at 18-under 198 at Horizon Hills for his second victory of the year and 24th international title.

Garcia had the lowest final round by a winner in Asian Tour history. He birdied seven of the first nine holes to make the turn in 7-under 29, added birdies on 13 and 14 before a long rain delay, then returned to make it four in a row with birdies on 15 and 16.

FATHER-SON CHALLENGE: In Orlando, Fla., Davis Love III had a nice pitch shot on No. 18 and son Dru finished off the birdie to capture the title.

The Loves teamed for an 11-under 61 in the final round.

AUSTRALIAN PGA: In Coolum, Australia, Australasian Tour rookie Daniel Popovic completed an improbable wire-to-wire victory, shooting 3-under 69 for a four-stroke victory.

Popovic finished at 16-under 272 at the Palmer Coolum resort. The Australian opened with rounds of 64, 70 and 69.


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