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Alfred Dunhill Championship 2015

Round 4 - Charl Schwartzel wins title for fourth time

November 29, 2015

Charl Schwartzel eased to a four-shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Sunday to become the third South African behind Ernie Els and Retief Goosen to win 10 European Tour titles.

Schwartzel's fourth triumph at the Alfred Dunhill was ultimately comfortable as he finished with a 2-under 70 for a 15-under total of 273.

The 2011 U.S. Masters champion also claimed a small piece of history for himself by becoming the first South African to win a European Tour event four times.

Schwartzel won ahead of a group of Frenchmen who chased him on the final day at Leopard Creek Country Club. Gregory Bourdy was second on 11 under, Benjamin Hebert was third on 10 under, and rookie Sebastien Gros finished fourth on 9 under.

Schwartzel's lead was cut to one shot around the turn, but he picked up birdies on Nos. 11, 13 and 14 to pull away again and a routine par on the last capped another victory at his favorite event.

The 31-year-old from Johannesburg reacted to his first European Tour win in two years by raising his arms and puffing out his cheeks in a display that showed his relief at finally getting a victory.

''I had a lot of demons to fight,'' said Schwartzel, who admitted that he had been struggling with his game. ''I was very happy it worked out.''

Schwartzel was sprayed with champagne by fellow South African players Louis Oosthuizen and Hennie Otto as he walked off the 18th green, smiling again.

Seven of Schwartzel's 10 tour titles have come in South Africa, and the Leopard Creek course is undoubtedly his best with four second-place finishes at the Alfred Dunhill Championship to go with his four victories.

''I wish we could play some majors here,'' he said.

Although Schwartzel struggled at times this week, none of his chasers could take advantage and mount a consistent challenge.

Hebert was a shot off the lead at the turn but he couldn't pick up any more shots after No. 11. Bourdy did well to recover for second after a 6 on the short, par-3 No. 7.

Rookie Gros, who was playing in just his second European Tour event, had back-to-back double bogeys early in his round. Playing in the final pair alongside Schwartzel, the 26-year-old Frenchman shrugged off those early problems and birdied the last for his best performance to date.

Round 3 - Charl Schwartzel holds on to three shot advantage

November 28, 2015

Charl Schwartzel will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the European Tour's season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship after a 2-under 70 moved him to 13 under par on Saturday.

Schwartzel has returned to form at one of his favorite tournaments, which he's won three times before along with four second-place finishes.

The South African is ahead of French pair Benjamin Hebert and Sebastien Gros at Leopard Creek Country Club.

Schwartzel, the 2011 U.S. Masters champion, had opened a five-shot lead after two rounds. He was pegged back by a bogey on his opening hole on Saturday but that was the only dropped shot of his round.

Having just avoided the cut, defending champion Branden Grace carded a 6-under 66 to surge up to a tie for ninth. Grace put himself in contention for a strong finish to his title defense after making birdies on four of his last six holes.

Rookie Gros was playing just his seventh round on the European Tour but his scintillating round of 63 with nine birdies has given him a chance of a maiden tour title already.

He'll have to play well to beat Schwartzel on Sunday, who rates the Leopard Creek course in the wilderness of northern South Africa as one of his favorites.

Should Schwartzel hold onto his lead, he will become the first South African to win a European Tour event four times.

South African Dylan Frittelli was fourth on 8 under, while David Drysdale, Joost Luiten, Gregory Bourdy and Lasse Jensen share fifth, another shot back.

Round 2 - Charl Schwartzel vaults five clear

November 27, 2015

Three-time champion Charl Schwartzel stormed into a five-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Friday, mastering difficult windy conditions with a 67 to add to his opening 66.

Schwartzel, 31, stands at 11 under for the two rounds of the 2015/2016 season-opening event at Malelane where he has also finished runner-up on four occasions.

Benjamin Hebert, Joost Luiten, Pablo Martin and Richard Sterne are all five shots behind the South African leader who was Masters champion in 2011.

"Every year I've come back here, as soon as I arrive I get that real comfort feeling, a peaceful feeling and it is to do with the surroundings, the nature. It's a place I normally go to to relax so I'm playing in a very relaxed environment," said Schwartzel of the stunning venue on the edge of the Kruger National Park.

"On top of that the golf course also suits my eye really well. The last 10 years I've aimed at the same trees on every hole at the end of the fairway."

While Schwartzel was blazing through the field, defending champion Branden Grace and fellow former major winner Louis Oosthuizen were battling to make the cut.

An eight on the par-three seventh contributed to a two-over total which saw Oosthuizen miss his seventh cut in 12 appearances at this event where he has also finished second twice.

Grace was in danger when he turned in 37 but an eagle on the 13th and a birdie on the 15th meant he could afford to bogey the 16th and 17th to finish level par.

Round 1 - Christiaan Basson leads by three

November 26, 2015

An eight-under 64 handed Christiaan Basson a three-shot lead on the first day of the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Thursday, the opening event of the 2015-16 European Tour season.

The 27-year-old South African carded eight birdies at the Leopard Creek Country Club on the border of the Kruger National Park.

The golfers had to contend with temperatures close to 40 degrees Celsius and a thunderstorm later in the day that meant the first round was not completed.

Former U.S. Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, who has won three times at Leopard Creek, had to leave the course on the 17th just as he was charging up the leaderboard at five under.

Qualifier Mark Williams of Zimbabwe, with birdies on his last two holes, and Englishman Matt Ford, who recently secured his Tour card, shot 67s earlier in the day.

Former Ryder Cup player Niclas Fasth of Sweden marked his 500th tour event by recording a 68. He was joined at four-under by six other players.

Scores

1 RSA Charl Schwartzel -15 18 -2 66 67 70 70 273
2 FRA Gregory Bourdy -11 18 -4 70 72 67 68 277
3 FRA Benjamin Hebert -10 18 Par 68 70 68 72 278
4 FRA Sebastien Gros -9 18 1 71 72 63 73 279
T5 ENG Matt Ford -8 18 -2 67 74 69 70 280
T5 FRA Thomas Linard -8 18 -2 72 71 67 70 280
T5 NED Joost Luiten -8 18 -1 68 70 71 71 280
T8 RSA Branden Grace -7 18 -1 71 73 66 71 281
T8 ENG Eddie Pepperell -7 18 -4 74 65 74 68 281
T8 RSA Jaco Van Zyl -7 18 -8 71 72 74 64 281
T11 RSA Dean Burmester -6 18 -1 71 70 70 71 282
T11 RSA Dylan Fritteli -6 18 2 69 73 66 74 282
T11 DNK Lasse Jensen -6 18 1 70 72 67 73 282
T11 SWE Mikael Lundberg -6 18 -4 71 71 72 68 282
T11 ESP Pablo Martin Benavides -6 18 -3 69 69 75 69 282
T11 ENG Tom Murray -6 18 -1 71 71 69 71 282
T11 RSA Shaun Norris -6 18 -1 70 70 71 71 282
12 RSA Warren Abery Par - Par - - - 0
T18 RSA Thomas Aiken -5 18 -1 72 68 72 71 283
T18 SCO David Drysdale -5 18 2 71 69 69 74 283
T18 POR Ricardo Melo Gouveia -5 18 -4 72 72 71 68 283
T18 RSA Vaughn Groenewald -5 18 Par 68 73 70 72 283
T18 RSA Keith Horne -5 18 Par 70 72 69 72 283
T18 RSA Brandon Stone -5 18 -5 69 75 72 67 283
T18 RSA Justin Walters -5 18 -3 73 70 71 69 283
T18 FRA Romain Wattel -5 18 -5 73 71 72 67 283
T18 RSA Rhys West -5 18 -2 71 73 69 70 283
T27 RSA Darren Fichardt -4 18 -1 70 72 71 71 284
T27 RSA Andrew Georgiou -4 18 -3 73 70 72 69 284
T27 RSA Jbe Kruger -4 18 -1 73 70 70 71 284
T27 AUS Jason Scrivener -4 18 1 69 70 72 73 284
T31 ENG Ryan Evans -3 18 1 71 70 71 73 285
T31 RSA Doug McGuigan -3 18 Par 69 72 72 72 285
T31 RSA Erik Van Rooyen -3 18 -2 72 70 73 70 285
T34 ENG Laurie Canter -2 18 -1 71 73 71 71 286
T34 RSA Andrew Curlewis -2 18 3 70 72 69 75 286
T34 RSA Alex Haindl -2 18 -3 71 72 74 69 286
T34 USA Daniel Im -2 18 -1 70 74 71 71 286
T34 RSA Richard Sterne -2 18 -1 68 70 77 71 286
T34 RSA Jean-Paul Strydom -2 18 2 68 75 69 74 286
40 ITA Renato Paratore -1 18 -1 73 69 74 71 287
T41 ESP Jorge Campillo Par 18 -3 75 69 75 69 288
T41 ENG Ben Evans Par 18 3 71 69 73 75 288
T41 SCO Scott Jamieson Par 18 1 70 74 71 73 288
T44 CHL Felipe Aguilar 1 18 1 70 73 73 73 289
T44 RSA Jacques Blaauw 1 18 Par 73 70 74 72 289
T44 ENG Richard Bland 1 18 -1 71 71 76 71 289
T44 SWE Niclas Fasth 1 18 6 68 74 69 78 289
T44 ENG Chris Hanson 1 18 1 70 71 75 73 289
T44 ENG Andrew Johnston 1 18 2 75 67 73 74 289
T44 ENG Callum Shinkwin 1 18 5 74 69 69 77 289
T51 SWE Jens Fahbring 2 18 3 71 72 72 75 290
T51 SWE Linus Gillgren 2 18 1 70 74 73 73 290
T51 RSA Colin Nel 2 18 -1 69 75 75 71 290
T54 FRA Clement Berardo 3 18 5 73 69 72 77 291
T54 RSA Lyle Rowe 3 18 5 69 73 72 77 291
T54 RSA Rourke Van Der Spuy 3 18 -1 73 70 77 71 291
T57 RSA Christiaan Basson 4 18 8 64 76 72 80 292
T57 RSA Tyrone Mordt 4 18 3 73 71 73 75 292
T59 SWE Johan Carlsson 5 18 4 71 70 76 76 293
T59 RSA Louis De Jager 5 18 6 72 70 73 78 293
T59 RSA Mark Williams 5 18 6 67 72 76 78 293
62 RSA Lindani Ndwandwe 6 18 4 69 75 74 76 294
T63 RSA Jaco Ahlers 7 18 10 72 70 71 82 295
T63 RSA Tyrone Ferreira 7 18 3 71 73 76 75 295
65 ENG Lee Slattery 9 18 8 72 70 75 80 297
CUT RSA Oliver Bekker 1 - Par 70 75 - - 145
CUT FRA Edouard Espana 1 - Par 73 72 - - 145
CUT ENG Mark Foster 1 - Par 71 74 - - 145
CUT RSA Jared Harvey 1 - Par 72 73 - - 145
CUT RSA Jean Hugo 1 - Par 71 74 - - 145
CUT ITA Francesco Laporta 1 - Par 74 71 - - 145
CUT SCO Jamie McLeary 1 - Par 70 75 - - 145
CUT RSA JC Ritchie 1 - Par 74 71 - - 145
CUT RSA Ryan Tipping 1 - Par 68 77 - - 145
CUT RSA Danie Van Tonder 1 - Par 71 74 - - 145
CUT RSA Tjaart Van der Walt 1 - Par 74 71 - - 145
CUT SWE Bjorn Akesson 2 - Par 72 74 - - 146
CUT ITA Nino Bertasio 2 - Par 73 73 - - 146
CUT WAL Rhys Davies 2 - Par 69 77 - - 146
CUT USA John Hahn 2 - Par 73 73 - - 146
CUT ENG Richard McEvoy 2 - Par 76 70 - - 146
CUT ITA Edoardo Molinari 2 - Par 78 68 - - 146
CUT RSA Garth Mulroy 2 - Par 73 73 - - 146
CUT RSA Louis Oosthuizen 2 - Par 70 76 - - 146
CUT ENG Chris Paisley 2 - Par 76 70 - - 146
CUT ENG Sam Walker 2 - Par 75 71 - - 146
CUT SWE Magnus A Carlsson 3 - Par 74 73 - - 147
CUT AUS Daniel Gaunt 3 - Par 71 76 - - 147
CUT ARG Estanislao Goya 3 - Par 70 77 - - 147
CUT FRA Gregory Havret 3 - Par 76 71 - - 147
CUT RSA PH McIntyre 3 - Par 73 74 - - 147
CUT ENG Max Orrin 3 - Par 75 72 - - 147
CUT IRL Kevin Phelan 3 - Par 70 77 - - 147
CUT RSA Haydn Porteous 3 - Par 78 69 - - 147
CUT RSA Neil Schietekat 3 - Par 76 71 - - 147
CUT RSA Chris Swanepoel 3 - Par 76 71 - - 147
CUT ENG Toby Tree 3 - Par 74 73 - - 147
CUT RSA Ulrich Van den Berg 3 - Par 72 75 - - 147
CUT RSA Merrick Bremner 4 - Par 74 74 - - 148
CUT BRA Adilson Da Silva 4 - Par 75 73 - - 148
CUT RSA CJ Du Plessis 4 - Par 78 70 - - 148
CUT IRL Paul Dunne 4 - Par 73 75 - - 148
CUT RSA Justin Harding 4 - Par 74 74 - - 148
CUT RSA Michael Hollick 4 - Par 70 78 - - 148
CUT NOR Espen Kofstad 4 - Par 73 75 - - 148
CUT ENG John Parry 4 - Par 76 72 - - 148
CUT RSA Jake Redman 4 - Par 71 77 - - 148
CUT ENG Matthew Southgate 4 - Par 74 74 - - 148
CUT RSA Ockie Strydom 4 - Par 75 73 - - 148
CUT ESP Borja Virto 4 - Par 68 80 - - 148
CUT SWE Jeff Winther 4 - Par 76 72 - - 148
CUT RSA Heinrich Bruiners 5 - Par 72 77 - - 149
CUT RSA Trevor Fisher Jr 5 - Par 76 73 - - 149
CUT WAL Stuart Manley 5 - Par 73 76 - - 149
CUT ZMB Madalitso Muthiya 5 - Par 74 75 - - 149
CUT ESP Adrian Otaegui 5 - Par 72 77 - - 149
CUT ZWE Ryan Cairns 6 - Par 77 73 - - 150
CUT DNK Joachim B Hansen 6 - Par 73 77 - - 150
CUT RSA James Kamte 6 - Par 77 73 - - 150
CUT RSA Peter Karmis 6 - Par 78 72 - - 150
CUT SCO Craig Lee 6 - Par 74 76 - - 150
CUT ENG Ross McGowan 6 - Par 75 75 - - 150
CUT RSA Titch Moore 6 - Par 73 77 - - 150
CUT ITA Nicolo Ravano 6 - Par 71 79 - - 150
CUT ENG James Robinson 6 - Par 76 74 - - 150
CUT RSA Toto Thimba Jnr 6 - Par 75 75 - - 150
CUT RSA Christiaan Bezuidenhout 7 - Par 75 76 - - 151
CUT RSA Michiel Bothma 7 - Par 74 77 - - 151
CUT FRA Alexander Levy 7 - Par 79 72 - - 151
CUT RSA Dwayne Basson 8 - Par 77 75 - - 152
CUT SWE Jens Dantorp 8 - Par 80 72 - - 152
CUT RSA Ruan De Smidt 8 - Par 75 77 - - 152
CUT SWE Pelle Edberg 8 - Par 80 72 - - 152
CUT ENG Jeff Inglis 8 - Par 69 83 - - 152
CUT RSA Thriston Lawrence 8 - Par 75 77 - - 152
CUT RSA JJ Senekal 8 - Par 74 78 - - 152
CUT RSA Divan Van den Heever 8 - Par 75 77 - - 152
CUT ENG Matthew Baldwin 9 - Par 79 74 - - 153
CUT DNK Lucas Bjerregaard 9 - Par 75 78 - - 153
CUT RSA Wynand Dingle 9 - Par 79 74 - - 153
CUT RSA Jacquin Hess 9 - Par 79 74 - - 153
CUT RSA Callum Mowat 9 - Par 76 77 - - 153
CUT DNK Morten Orum Madsen 10 - Par 80 74 - - 154
CUT SCO Bradley Neil 10 - Par 77 77 - - 154
CUT RSA Jake Roos 11 - Par 78 77 - - 155
CUT ESP Nacho Elvira 12 - Par 76 80 - - 156
CUT RSA Thanda Mavundla 12 - Par 77 79 - - 156
CUT RSA Makgetha Mazibuko 12 - Par 75 81 - - 156
CUT RSA Trevor Mahoney 13 - Par 77 80 - - 157
CUT RSA Hennie Otto 13 - Par 72 85 - - 157
CUT RSA Terence Salo 15 - Par 81 78 - - 159
CUT ENG Steve Surry 15 - Par 78 81 - - 159
CUT RSA Wallie Coetsee 16 - Par 86 74 - - 160
CUT ENG Oliver Wilson 18 - Par 85 77 - - 162
CUT RSA Werner Van Niekerk 29 - Par 87 86 - - 173
RET IRL Peter Lawrie 7 - Par 79 - - 79

 





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