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.