Schwartzel romps to 12-shot win in South Africa

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

The 2011 Masters 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 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.”

The only thing that slowed Schwartzel on the final day was a
brief weather delay. This was his first title on the European Tour
since his Masters victory two years ago. His win in Thailand was
his first title on any tour since Augusta.

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.

Sweden’s Magnus Carlsson had the third hole-in-one in three days
on the par-3 No. 12. Keith Horne aced the hole Friday and
Saturday.