MALELANE, South Africa - South Africa's Charl Schwartzel captured the Dunhill Championship on Sunday for his first European tour title, recovering from a poor finish in regulation to win the first playoff hole against England's Neil Cheetham.
Schwartzel closed with a 1-under-par 71. Cheetham, the third-round leader, carded a 73, leaving both players at 7-under 281.
Schwartzel had a chance to win in regulation, but he three-putted on the 17th for a bogey and also three-putted the 18th for par. Cheetham appeared to be slipping from contention when he three-putted the 15th and 16th holes for bogeys.
On the playoff hole, the par-5 18th, Schwartzel chipped to 5 feet and birdied the hole while Cheetham made par. Schwartzel said he was nervous making the chip.
"But shots like that and positions like that are what you practice for," said Schwartzel, who won $955,000.
"So I am very, very happy."
The leading pair finished one shot ahead of Warren Abery, Ernie Els and Oliver Whiteley. Defending champion Marcel Siem and David Frost were another shot back at 283.
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