Alfred Dunhill Championship: Charl Schwartzel wins fourth title

Charl Schwartzel
Charl Schwartzel climbed to a career-high sixth in the world rankings in 2012
Alfred Dunhill Championship final leaderboard
-15 C Schwartzel (SA); -11 G Bourdy (Fra); -10 B Hebert (Fra); -9 S Gros (Fra); -8 M Ford (Eng), J Luiten (Ned), T Linard (Fra)
Selected others -7 E Pepperell, B Grace (SA); -6 T Murray (Eng); -5 D Drysdale (Sco)

Charl Schwartzel secured a fourth Alfred Dunhill Championship title in 11 years when he finished 15 under par in his native South Africa on Sunday.

The world number 50 shot a final-day two-under in Malelane to win by four shots from France's Gregory Bourdy.

Schwartzel, 31, led Frenchman Benjamin Herbert, who slipped to third, by three strokes heading into the fourth round where he carded a second successive 70.

England's Matt Ford was the highest Briton, tied in fifth.

Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, was unhappy with his round on Saturday and had to recover from a bogey on the third on Sunday.

He bogeyed again on the eighth at Leopard Creek Country Club, but four birdies made sure he held off a resurgent Bourdy.

"It's an honour playing here," Schwartzel told the European Tour website.external-link

"I knew I was going to have to shoot at least two or three under on the back nine to give myself a good chance of winning and I'm very happy with that."

It meant Schwartzel became the third South African to win 10 European Tour events, alongside Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, and the youngest to do so ahead of Els.

The competition marked the start of the 2016 European Tour.