Another huge win for Charl Schwartzel at Leopard Creek
Sunday 16 December 2012
South African Charl Schwartzel completed a fantastic finish to 2012 with an astonishing 12-stroke victory on home soil at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
The third biggest winning margin in European Tour history was achieved at Leopard Creek a week after last year's US Masters champion won in Thailand by 11 shots.
Only Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, who won the 2000 US Open and 2005 Asian Open by 15 and 13 respectively, have left the best of the rest trailing so far behind in the circuit's 40-year history.
Schwartzel, 10 clear with a round to play, added a three-under-par 69 either side of a two-hour thunderstorm delay to take his eighth Tour title – five of them at events played in South Africa – with a 24-under-par total.
"It's nice to have continued my form from last week," Schwartzel said. "I was saying a month and a half ago it's been a pretty disappointing year. Slowly and surely I started to swing the club a lot better, back to how I did when I won the Masters, and I actually got excited to play again. It started at the SA Open and from there got better and better. It's been a pretty good year now."
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