Charl Schwartzel cruised around Pretoria Country Club in 63 shots on Sunday for an eight-shot victory at the Tshwane Open, his 11th European Tour title.
The 2011 Masters champ finished the tournament on 16-under par, which left Denmark’s Jeff Winther in second place eight shots back.
Schwartzel birdied the second and bogeyed the third on his way out, but quickly found his rhythm and eagled the ninth to turn in 31.
He made another bogey at the 11th, but picked up a birdie at the 12th and it was one-way traffic from there. The 31-year-old birdied the 14th, 16th, and 18th for an eight-stroke win.
‘It’s felt like I’ve been playing really, really well this week. It’s just frustrating when you don’t putt very well and you don’t convert, and to make the putts when it counts, that’s even more satisfying,’ he said.
Whinter shot 64 on Sunday for sole second, while Anthony Michael carded 70 to for sole third on six-under par. One shot back and tied for fourth place were Dean Burmester, Richard Sterne, and Justin Walters.
The young guns put in a good showing this week – Zander Lombard was tied seventh, Brandon Stone and Haydn Porteous joined a tie for 10th with Jaco van Zyl.
1 -16 Charl Schwartzel
2 -8 Jeff Winther
3 -6 Anthony Michael
T4 -5 Dean Burmester, Richard Sterne, Justin Walters
T7 -4 Zander Lombard, Jamie McLeary (SCO), Brett Rumford (AUS)
T10 -3 Haydn Porteous, Brandon Stone, Jaco van Zyl