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SA's Charl Schwartzel retains Joburg Open title

Final-round leaderboard:
-19 Schwartzel (SA)
-15 S Mulroy (SA) -14 Aiken (SA)
-13 Elson (Eng)
Selected others:-11 M Jamieson (Sco) -9 Manley (Wal) -8 Drysdale (Sco)

Charl Schwartzel
Schwartzel was in the lead from the second round

Charl Schwartzel headed a South African top three on home soil, retaining his Joburg Open title by four shots.

Schwartzel, who started the day tied for the lead, hit a four-under-par 67 to win from Garth Mulroy with Thomas Aiken a shot further back.

The 26-year-old Schwartzel finished on 19-under to secure his sixth European Tour title.

England's Jamie Elson was the top ranked Briton securing fourth place on 13 under after a level-par 71.

Schwartzel, whose previous rounds included an immaculate 61 on Friday, failed to produce his best golf in the final round but still did enough to retain his home town event with a final total of 265.

Compatriots Mulroy and Aiken, who played alongside Schwartzel on Sunday, struggled on the par-71 east course of the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, with the former finishing with a 71 and the latter concluding in 72.


Elson, 29, from Leamington Spa, had been in contention all week but could only close with a level-par 71 in the co-sanctioned European and Sunshine Tour event.

Jean-Baptiste Gonnet from France finished with a one-over 72 - 12-under for the tournament - while Scotland's Scott Jamieson completed his week a further shot back on 11 under after a fine final-round 65.

His fellow Scot, David Drysdale, who began the day only one off the pace, blew his chance of topping the leaderboard with a disastrous start that included a double bogey and two bogeys within four holes as he slumped to a 77.

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