Mon, Dec 17, 2012 - Page 20 News List

Asia claim Royal Trophy after playoff

STUNNING COMEBACK:Europe started the final day in the driving seat, but Asia fought back hard to force a playoff, where they held their nerve to win the decider


Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant won the Asian Tour money title. He shot a 65 to tie for fifth at 11 under.


AFP, MALELANE, South Africa

Charl Schwartzel is set for a second successive crushing win in the space of a week after finishing the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship 10 strokes ahead of the pack on Saturday.

Following his Thai Championship victory by 11 strokes last week — the largest margin ever on the Asian Tour — the South African shot 10 birdies at the 6,671m Leopard Creek Estate.

A 21-under-par total of 195 puts him in a comfortable lead with one day to go at the second European Tour event of the 2013 season on the border of the world-famous Kruger National Park, where he won in 2005 and was runner-up four times.

Hot on his heels are Gregory Bourdy from France at 11-under-par, followed by four-time European Tour title winner Branden Grace from South Africa, Kristoffer Broberg from Sweden and Englishman Steve Webster, who are all in a share for third on 10-under-par 206.

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