Charl Schwartzel's defense of the Alfred Dunhill Championship ended as a damp squib after he carded a final round 2-over-par 33-41=74 to finish the week T4 on 12-under 276 at Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, fully ten shots back of the winner Brandon Stone.
Faced with a three-shot deficit heading into the final day, the four-time course champion made birdies at 1, 2 and 6 which were unanswered by the pre-round leader Brandon Stone, so the pair found themselves tied at the top of the scoreboard. Alas for Schwartzel, that situation would be all too brief. He immediately made bogey at 7, whilst Stone responded with two birdies. Schwartzel did tick 11, but with the gap growing (Stone circled 10 and 11), the defending champion chased a score, and it all went wrong. A bogey-6 at 13 started the rot, triple bogey-8 at 15 continued it, double bogey-5 at 16 confirmed he would end the week someway distant of the winner. A birdie at the final hole retrieved some pride, by clawing him back into the top five.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 07:36:00 AM