Charl Schwartzel wins Valspar Championship after play-off

Charl Schwartzel in final-round action at the Valspar Championship
Charl Schwartzel had six birdies in his final-round 67
Valspar Championship final leaderboard
-7 C Schwartzel (SA), B Haas (US) (Schwartzel wins at first play-off hole); -5 R Moore (US); -4 L McCoy (US) (am); -3 C Howell III (US), G DeLaet (Can)
Selected others -2: L Oosthuizen (SA), P Reed (US); Level J Spieth (US); +1 L Donald (Eng), D Willett (Eng); +2 P Harrington (Ire); +6 R Knox (Sco); +9 I Poulter (Eng)

South African Charl Schwartzel won the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbour, Florida with victory over American Bill Haas at the first play-off hole.

The 31-year-old carded a four-under 67 to finish seven under with Haas, who was one ahead overnight.

He then claimed the play-off with a par for his 15th professional win, but only his second on the PGA Tour.

World number one Jordan Spieth, the defending champion, birdied the last for a 73 and was tied 18th, seven back.

Playing partner Lee McCoy, the 22-year-old amateur who grew up next to the Copperhead course, followed his third-round 66 with four birdies in a 69 and finished fourth to qualify for the Houston Open.

Haas was two shots ahead into the closing stages, but having made par from a greenside bunker at the par-three 15th, he was unable to do so from a similar scenario at the next and was tied with Schwartzel, who birdied three of his final six holes, including a putt from 64 feet at the 13th.

At the first play-off hole, the par-four 18th, Haas put his tee shot with a three wood into the trees on the right and his second into a greenside bunker.

Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, took an iron off the tee and was pin-high in two, before calmly two-putting to secure the title after Haas could not hole for par from 18 feet.

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