• Alfred Dunhill Championship, Round Four

Schwartzel supreme in South Africa

ESPN staff
December 16, 2012
Charl Schwartzel won again at Leopard Creek © Getty Images


A thunderstorm midway through the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship could only delay the inevitable, as Charl Schwartzel romped to a 12-shot victory.

Schwartzel, starting the day ten shots ahead, was never in any danger of throwing away his advantage - staying calm during a two-hour weather suspension before putting the finishing touches to a round of 69 that secured a comfortable triumph at 24-under par.

It was an impressive follow-up from the 2011 Masters champion after last week's 11-shot win in Thailand, although Schwartzel was ultimately unable to break Tiger Woods' record 15-shot victory at the 2000 US Open.

"I've come a long way," Schwartzel said. "This is a special place for me, it is where my career started and I got my first win. It's stayed close to my heart and it's great to come back and get another win."

After fireworks over the opening three days, Schwartzel began Sunday with seven successive pars. Three birdies and a bogey over the remaining holes ensured a second successive sizeable victory margin - having previously not won since Augusta 20 months ago.

"A month and a half ago it was a pretty disappointing year for me," the South African said. "But I started swinging the club a lot better and I actually got excited to play again. I started putting well, and it's turned out to be a pretty good year now."

Swede Kristoffer Broberg was the best of the rest at 12-under, after Schwartzel's Sunday playing partner Gregory Bourdy made a hash of the 18th to slip back to 11-under overall. That put him level with Andy Sullivan and last week's winner Scott Jamieson, who both finished inside the top five.

Elsewhere, there was a remarkable third hole-in-one of the tournament at the par-three 12th. After Keith Horne had aced the short hole twice in as many days, Swede Magnus A Carlsson repeated the South African's feat - with a car on offer to anyone who managed the perfect shot - to pick up an early Christmas present.

"The wind has been switching a lot today so I wasn't really sure about it," Carlsson said. "I was in between an eight and a seven iron but decided to hit a seven like all the other days.

"I thought the wind was going to be from the left. I pulled the shot but amazingly it stayed straight towards the flag. I saw it land and then roll in and I didn't know what to say!

"It was an unbelievable feeling just to make it and I knew there was going to be a car as well so it was pretty incredible."

There was disappointment for Louis Oosthuizen, however, as the world No. 5 withdrew from the tournament due to an eye infection.

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