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Schwartzel sets records with eighth tour title

South African claims Alfred Dunhill Championship by 12 strokes.

Charl Schwartzel celebrated back-to-back wins on the European Tour on Sunday.
Charl Schwartzel celebrated back-to-back wins on the European Tour on Sunday.
Image: Sakchai Lalit/AP/Press Association Images

SOUTH AFRICAN CHARL SCHWARTZEL eased to a 12-stroke win at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Sunday, claiming the title for a second time.

Schwartzel carded a course-record 23-under par at the Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, South Africa, as he stormed to his eighth European Tour title.

The 2011 Masters champion won the event previously in 2004, which was his first professional title.

Schwartzel beat the previous tournament aggregate and par score records by one stroke, which was jointly held by Marcel Siem, Gregory Havret and Raphael Jacquelin.

A final-round two-under 70 was enough for the 28-year-old Schwartzel to kick off his 2013 season in style, fending off Frenchman Gregory Bourdy, who was next best at 13-under overall.

Bourdy matched Schwartzel for much of the tournament, but was left to rue his two-over 74 on Saturday which ended his winning chances.

In outright third was Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg on 12-under overall, and he also finished the tournament with a 70.

In a tie for fourth was 2011 champion Garth Mulroy of South Africa, who finished positively with a four-under 68 on Sunday, although his 11-under overall was eight short of his winning score 12 months ago.

Joining Mulroy on 11 under were Scotland’s Scott Jamieson and England’s Andy Sullivan.

Next in were South Africans Richard Sterne and Keith Horne on 10 under, level with Englishman Steve Webster.

Horne made headlines on Saturday for hitting back-to-back hole-in-ones on the par-three 12th, which earned him a new BMW, but he could only leave his tee shot 20-25 feet from the hole on Sunday before two-putting for par.

Rounding out the top-10 were South Africa’s George Coetzee and England’s Richard Bland on nine under.

And despite finishing some 17 shots off winner Schwartzel, Sweden’s Magnus Carlsson will have fond memories of his final round on Sunday, as he was able to replicate Horne and ace the 12th to earn the keys to a BMW.

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