Sunday, November 29, 2015

Schwartzel wins 'Dunhill' for fourth time

FROM THE EUROPEAN TOUR WEBSITE
Charl Schwartzel underlined his status as the king of Leopard Creek Country Club with a fourth victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa today.
The home favourite won the event in the 2005, 2013 and 2014 seasons and his fourth triumph means he has finished in the top two in eight of his 11 appearances in Malelane with an aggregate score of 122 under par.
He had looked in danger of throwing away his three-shot overnight lead when he turned in a one over par 36 but he came home in 34 to finish 15 under, four shots clear of Gr├ęgory Bourdy, as records tumbled in the first event of the 2016 Race to Dubai.
Schwartzel became the first South African to win an official European Tour event four times and the third of his countrymen to win ten events behind Ernie Els and Retief Goosen.
At 31 he also became the youngest South African to ten European Tour victories, eclipsing Els who was a year older when he got into double figures at the 2002 Dubai Desert Classic.

Outside of his recent hat-trick at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, Schwartzel has not won since his triumph in the 2011 Masters Tournament, causing him to drop to 50th in the Official World Golf Rankings.
But this victory should put him back in the Top 40 and he is glad to see his hard work paying off.
"It feels good," he said. "The way I've played the last few years, I've been down in quite a slump, I didn't really see myself coming out and winning.
"But we've put in so much hard work in the last 18 months and it's frustrating when week-in, week-out you're playing well and it feels like it's never going to turn.
"I guess there's no better fit than for it to turn around here. This place has treated me really well. I got my first win here and now my tenth so I think it's pretty fitting.
"It turned on the back nine. I felt more comfortable today.
"My chipping was really fantastic on the weekend and that's what got it going. I made birdie on 11 and 13 and 14. I knew I was going to have to shoot at least two or three under on the back nine to give myself a good chance of winning and I'm very happy with that.
"Once I saw the board on 16 then I felt comfortable and I knew it was up to me not to make any mistakes."
Frenchman Bourdy recovered from a triple-bogey on the seventh to post an impressive 68 and finish a shot clear of countryman Benjamin Hebert, whose solo third place was the best finish of his European Tour career to date.
Bourdy picked up shots on the third and fourth to get to nine under while Hebert and rookie S├ębastien Gros were a shot ahead after starting with pars on the first and second.
Schwartzel had spoken of discomfort with his long game during Saturday's third round and he made a bogey on the third after sending his tee shot a long way right as Gros made a double to drop to eight under.

A second double-bogey followed for Gros on the next as he tumbled back but countryman Bourdy was heading in the other direction with birdies at the fifth and sixth making it four in a row and getting him to 11 under, just one shot behind the leader.
He was soon joined by Hebert who made a birdie on the fifth but Bourdy put his second shot on the par three seventh into the water to record that triple-bogey.
Schwartzel took advantage of the driveable sixth to chip to within two feet and claim a birdie, and when Hebert failed to get up and down from a bunker on the eighth, the lead was back up to three shots.
Gros fought back with birdies on the fifth and seventh getting him to eight under but Schwartzel failed to get up and down after a poor second shot on the eighth and surrendered a second bogey of the day.
Bourdy and Hebert then both picked up shots on the 11th as Schwartzel made a smart up and down to save par on the tenth, and the leader then also took advantage of the next with a 10-footer getting him to 13 under.
Another Bourdy birdie came on the 13th but Schwartzel would not let the gap close and made a gain of his own on the par five before an excellent 12-foot putt on the 14th got him to 15 under and four shots clear of Hebert.

Gros had also picked up shots on the 11th and 13th but bogeys on the 14th and 16th ended his chances while Bourdy bogeyed the 14th but then made birdies on the 15th and 16th to move into a share of second.
Hebert had made six straight pars but dropped a shot on the last to drop to third place while a lengthy birdie putt on the 18th moved Gros, who finished second on last season's Challenge Tour, to nine under and up to fourth on his own in just his second European Tour event.
Gros' countryman and fellow Challenge Tour graduate Thomas Linard was then at eight under alongside Matt Ford and Joost Luiten.
Defending champion Branden Grace was a further shot back after seeing his late charge, which began with an eagle on the par four 11th, ended as he found the water on the 16th and 18th.
Jaco Van Zyl was also at seven under after firing the round of the day with a 64, alongside Eddie Pepperell who ended his week with a 68.
Two-time champion Pablo Martin was then in the group at six under with last season's Road to Oman winner Ricardo Gouveia and Qualifying School rookie Brandon Stone among those at five under par.
David Drysdale finished tied 18th on 284 after a disappointing final round of 74, by three shots the worst of his four efforts.
Scott Jamieson tied for 41st place on level par 288 after a closing round of 73. 
Jamie McLeary, Craig Lee and Bradley Neil missed the halfway cut.
FINAL TOTALS
Par 288 (4x72) Yardage 7,287
1 Charl Schwartzel 66 67 70 70 . 273
2 Gregory Bourdy 70 72 67 68 277
3 Benjamin Hebert 68 70 68 72 278
4 Sebastien Gros 71 72 63 73 279
T5 Matt Ford 67 74 69 70 280
T5 Thomas Linard 72 71 67 70 280
T5 Joost Luiten 68 70 71 71 280
T8 Jaco Van Zyl 71 72 74 64 281
T8 Eddie Pepperell 74 65 74 68 281
T8 Branden Grace 71 73 66 71 281
T11 Mikael Lundberg 71 71 72 68 282
T11 Pablo Martin  69 69 75 69 282
T11 Dean Burmester 71 70 70 71 282
T11 Shaun Norris 70 70 71 71 282
T11 Tom Murray 71 71 69 71 282
T11 Lasse Jensen 70 72 67 73 282
T11 Dylan Frittelli 69 73 66 74 282
T18 Brandon Stone 69 75 72 67 283
T18 Romain Wattel 73 71 72 67 283
T18 Ricardo Melo Gouveia 72 72 71 68 283
T18 Justin Walters 73 70 71 69 283
T18 Rhys West 71 73 69 70 283
T18 Thomas Aiken 72 68 72 71 283
T18 Vaughn Groenewald 68 73 70 72 283
T18 Keith Horne 70 72 69 72 283
T18 David Drysdale 71 69 69 74 283
T27 Andrew Georgiou 73 70 72 69 284
T27 Darren Fichardt 70 72 71 71 284
T27 Jbe' Kruger 73 70 70 71 284
T27 Jason Scrivener 69 70 72 73 284
T31 Erik van Rooyen 72 70 73 70 285
T31 Doug McGuigan 69 72 72 72 285
T31 Ryan Evans 71 70 71 73 285
T34 Alex Haindl 71 72 74 69 286
T34 Richard Sterne 68 70 77 71 286
T34 Daniel Im 70 74 71 71 286
T34 Laurie Canter 71 73 71 71 286
T34 Jean-Paul Strydom 68 75 69 74 286
T34 Andrew Curlewis 70 72 69 75 286
40 Renato Paratore 73 69 74 71 287
T41 Jorge Campillo 75 69 75 69 288
T41 Scott Jamieson 70 74 71 73 288
T41 Ben Evans 71 69 73 75 288
T44 Richard Bland 71 71 76 71 289
T44 Jacques Blaauw 73 70 74 72 289
T44 Chris Hanson 70 71 75 73 289
T44 Felipe Aguilar 70 73 73 73 289
T44 Andrew Johnston 75 67 73 74 289
T44 Callum Shinkwin 74 69 69 77 289
T44 Niclas Fasth 68 74 69 78 289
T51 Colin Nel 69 75 75 71 290
T51 Linus Gillgren 70 74 73 73 290
T51 Jens Fahrbring 71 72 72 75 290
T54 Rourke van der Spuy 73 70 77 71 291
T54 Clement Berardo 73 69 72 77 291
T54 Lyle Rowe 69 73 72 77 291
T57 Tyrone Mordt 73 71 73 75 292
T57 Christiaan Basson 64 76 72 80 292
T59 Johan Carlsson 71 70 76 76 293
T59 Louis De Jager 72 70 73 78 293
T59 Mark Williams 67 72 76 78 293
62 Lindani Ndwandwe 69 75 74 76 294
T63 Tyrone Ferreira 71 73 76 75 295
T63 Jaco Ahlers 72 70 71 82 295
65 Lee Slattery 72 70 75 80 297
T66 Oliver Bekker 70 75 MC MC 145
T66 Edouard Espana 73 72 MC MC 145
T66 Mark Foster 71 74 MC MC 145
T66 Jared Harvey 72 73 MC MC 145
T66 Jean Hugo 71 74 MC MC 145
T66 Francesco Laporta 74 71 MC MC 145
T66 Jamie McLeary 70 75 MC MC 145
T66 JC Ritchie 74 71 MC MC 145
T66 Ryan Tipping 68 77 MC MC 145
T66 Danie Van Tonder 71 74 MC MC 145
T66 Tjaart Van der Walt 74 71 MC MC 145
T77 Bjorn Akesson 72 74 MC MC 146
T77 Nino Bertasio 73 73 MC MC 146
T77 Rhys Davies 69 77 MC MC 146
T77 John Hahn 73 73 MC MC 146
T77 Richard McEvoy 76 70 MC MC 146
T77 Edoardo Molinari 78 68 MC MC 146
T77 Garth Mulroy 73 73 MC MC 146
T77 Louis Oosthuizen 70 76 MC MC 146
T77 Chris Paisley 76 70 MC MC 146
T77 Sam Walker 75 71 MC MC 146
T87 Magnus A. Carlsson 74 73 MC MC 147
T87 Daniel Gaunt 71 76 MC MC 147
T87 Estanislao Goya 70 77 MC MC 147
T87 Gregory Havret 76 71 MC MC 147
T87 P.H. McIntyre 73 74 MC MC 147
T87 Max Orrin 75 72 MC MC 147
T87 Kevin Phelan 70 77 MC MC 147
T87 Haydn Porteous 78 69 MC MC 147
T87 Neil Schietekat 76 71 MC MC 147
T87 Chris Swanepoel 76 71 MC MC 147
T87 Toby Tree 74 73 MC MC 147
T87 Ulrich Van Den Berg 72 75 MC MC 147
T99 Merrick Bremner 74 74 MC MC 148
T99 Adilson Da Silva 75 73 MC MC 148
T99 CJ Du Plessis 78 70 MC MC 148
T99 Paul Dunne 73 75 MC MC 148
T99 Justin Harding 74 74 MC MC 148
T99 Michael Hollick 70 78 MC MC 148
T99 Espen Kofstad 73 75 MC MC 148
T99 John Parry 76 72 MC MC 148
T99 Jake Redman 71 77 MC MC 148
T99 Matthew Southgate 74 74 MC MC 148
T99 Ockie Strydom 75 73 MC MC 148
T99 Borja Virto 68 80 MC MC 148
T99 Jeff Winther 76 72 MC MC 148
T112 Heinrich Bruiners 72 77 MC MC 149
T112 Trevor Fisher Jr. 76 73 MC MC 149
T112 Stuart Manley 73 76 MC MC 149
T112 Madalisto Muthiya 74 75 MC MC 149
T112 Adrian Otaegui 72 77 MC MC 149
T117 Ryan Cairns 77 73 MC MC 150
T117 JB Hansen 73 77  MC MC 150
T117 James Kamte 77 73 MC MC - - - 150
T117 Peter Karmis 78 72 MC MC - - - 150
T117 Craig Lee 74 76 MC MC - - - 150
T117 Ross McGowan 75 75 MC MC - - - 150
T117 Titch Moore 73 77 MC MC - - - 150
T117 Nicolo Ravano 71 79 MC MC - - - 150
T117 James Robinson 76 74 MC MC - - - 150
T117 Toto Thimba Jr. 75 75 MC MC - - - 150
T127 Christiaan Bezuidenhout 75 76 MC MC - - - 151
T127 Michiel Bothma 74 77 MC MC - - - 151
T127 Alexander Levy 79 72 MC MC - - - 151
T130 Dwayne Basson 77 75 MC MC - - - 152
T130 Jens Dantorp 80 72 MC MC - - - 152
T130 Pelle Edberg 80 72 MC MC - - - 152
T130 Jeff Inglis 69 83 MC MC - - - 152
T130 Thriston Lawrence 75 77 MC MC - - - 152
T130 J.J. Senekal 74 78 MC MC - - - 152
T130 Divan Van Den Heever 75 77 MC MC - - - 152
T130 Ruan de Smidt 75 77 MC MC - - - 152
T138 Matthew Baldwin 79 74 MC MC - - - 153
T138 Lucas Bjerregaard 75 78 MC MC - - - 153
T138 Wynand Dingle 79 74 MC MC - - - 153
T138 Jacquin Hess 79 74 MC MC - - - 153
T138 Callum Mowat 76 77 MC MC - - - 153
T143 Morten Madsen 80 74 MC MC - - - 154
T143 Bradley Neil 77 77 MC MC - - - 154
145 Jake Roos 78 77 MC MC - - - 155
T146 Nacho Elvira 76 80 MC MC - - - 156
T146 Thanda Mavundla 77 79 MC MC - - - 156
T146 Makgetha Mazibuko 75 81 MC MC - - - 156
T149 Trevor Mahoney 77  80 MC  MC - - - 157
T149 Hennie Otto 72 85 MC MC - - - 157
T151 Terence Salo 81 78 MC MC - - - 159
T151  Steve Surry 78 81 MC MC - - - 159
153 Wallie Coetsee 86 74 MC MC - - - 160
154 Oliver Wilson 85 77 MC MC - - - 162
155 Werner Van Niekerk 87 86 MC MC - - - 173
156 Peter Lawrie 79 WD



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