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Schwartzel sails to 12-shot win in South Africa

South African claims Alfred Dunhill Championship to follow up Thailand victory

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Charl Schwartzel of South Africa acknowledges the crowd at the 18th green after winning Thailand Golf Championship at Amata Spring Country Club, Chonburi province, Thailand, 09 December 2012. Schwartzel scored 25 under par to finish with the total of 263 for the four days tournament to win the trophy.
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Malelane, South Africa: Charl Schwartzel was a runaway winner for the second straight week, coasting to a 12-shot victory on 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 — after winning by 11 strokes in Thailand last weekend.

It was the eighth victory on the European Tour for the South African, who also won the tournament in 2004, his first title on the tour.

Schwartzel entered the final round with a 10-shot lead and closed with a 69, while his nearest rival, Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg, 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 but he was quickly into his stride to claims his first title on the European Tour since his Masters victory two years ago, while his win in Thailand was his first title on any tour since Augusta.

Schwartzel finished with four birdies and a bogey as he carded scores of 67, 64, 64, 69 and 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 12th. Keith Horne aced the hole on Friday and Saturday.