NANSHAN : South African Charl Schwartzel yesterday dug deep for a four-under-par 68 to claim the Nanshan China Masters title by a stroke from fellow Major winner Darren Clarke (72) and defending champion Liang Wenchong (72).
Two behind Clarke and Liang overnight, Schwartzel birdied the 15th and 16th to draw level with the Northern Irishman, who saw the OneAsia title slip from his grasp with a loose tee shot on the par-three 17th that lead to a bogey.
Schwartzel finished nine under for the US$1 million tournament around the 6,784m Montgomerie Course at Nanshan International Golf Club despite complaining that he hadn't struck the ball well all week.
"I've played a lot of golf tournaments and done a lot of travelling in the past few months and it felt like I've been playing really good golf with no results," the 2011 US Masters champion said.
Clarke, seeking his first victory since claiming the Open Championship at Royal St George's in 2011, seemed to be cruising until missing a three footer on the 13th.
"I'm obviously disappointed with the day _ it was another one of those days on the greens again where I couldn't buy a putt from anywhere," he said.
He still had a share of the lead on the 17th until finding the thick fringe of a greenside bunker.
LEADING FINAL ROUND SCORES
279 _ Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 71-72-68-68
280 _ Liang Wenchong (CHN) 74-64-70-72, Darren Clarke (NIR) 72-68-68-72
282 _ Rhein Gibson (AUS) 74-69-70-69, Rory Hie (INA) 75-65-72-70, Mark Brown (NZL) 71-72-69-70, Scott Strange (AUS) 72-69-69-72, Kwon Sung-Yeol (KOR) 73-70-67-72
284 _ Ryan Haller (AUS) 72-72-73-67, Park Il-Hwan (KOR) 73-70-71-70, Scott Laycock (AUS) 70-73-69-72, Zhang Xin-Jun (CHN) 71-67-72-74
285 _ Thanyakon Khrongpha (THA) 72-70-71-72
291_- Wisut Artjanawat (THA) 78-70-72-71
295 _ Annop Tangkamolprasert (THA) 74-71-76-74
305 _ Tommy Mansuwan (THA) 77-73-79-76
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