Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel scored a final-round 65, 7-under par, to clinch his first victory in 20 months at the Thailand Golf Championship
The 11-shot win at Chonburi was his first title since the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta, Georgia. He finished 25-under overall, after eight birdies in his final round.
Bubba Watson of the U.S. and Thitiphun Chuayprakong of Thailand were tied for second, with Spain’s Sergio Garcia two shots further back in fourth.
“Winning is not as easy as everyone makes it out to be,” Schwartzel told reporters. “It’s been quite hard work and it’s been a difficult year, especially in the middle. It’s nice to put things in place and get the win I’ve been looking for.”
At age 53, Peter Senior became the oldest winner of the Australian Open with a one-stroke victory, scoring a final-round par-72 for a 4-under total at The Lakes in wind-swept Sydney. Fellow Australians Brendan Jones and Cameron Percy were second and third, one and two shots back, respectively.
“It doesn’t get any better than this,” Senior said. “I really thought these days were over. Golf is such a funny game, one minute you think you’re down, next minute you’re up.”
England’s Justin Rose and Australians Kim Felton and Kieran Pratt finished on 287.
Scott Jamieson of Scotland won the inaugural Nelson Mandela Championship in Durban, South Africa, after a playoff with England’s Steve Webster and Spain’s Eduardo de la Riva. They’d all finished on 7-under.
The tournament, the first event of the new European Tour season, was reduced to 36 holes and a par of 65 after heavy rain saturated the fairways. Jamieson had a final round of 57, although it won’t count as a record because of the altered course conditions.
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