Schwartzel's class earns China Masters
BY OneAsia | OneAsia Tour | 2013 Nanshan China Masters | Wrap | 13 Oct 2013
NANSHAN, China, Oct 13 – South African Charl Schwartzel dug deep for a four-under-par 68 on Sunday to claim the Nanshan China Masters title by a stroke from fellow Major winner Darren Clarke (72) and defending champion Liang Wenchong (72).
Two behind Clarke and Liang overnight, Schwartzel birdied the 15th and 16th to draw level with the Northern Irishman, who saw the OneAsia title slip from his grasp with a loose tee shot on the par-three 17th that lead to a bogey.
Schwartzel finished nine under for the U.S. $1 million tournament around the 6,784-metre (7,419-yard) Montgomerie Course at Nanshan International Golf Club despite complaining that he hadn’t struck the ball well all week.
“It’s always very satisfying to win,” said the 2011 U.S. Masters champion. “I’ve played a lot of golf tournaments and done a lot of traveling in the past few months and it felt like I’ve been playing really good golf with no results, so it’s nice to have something finally go your way.”
Clarke, seeking his first victory since claiming the Open Championship at Royal St George’s in 2011, seemed to be cruising until missing a three footer on the 13th.
“I’m obviously disappointed with the day — it was another one of those days on the greens again where I couldn’t buy a putt from anywhere,” he said.
Both Liang and Clarke had the chance to force a playoff on the 18th, but the hole had yielded only one birdie all day and the pair saw their attempts come up short.
“I knew I had to a make a birdie on the last but it was a delicate putt,” said Liang, a four-time winner on OneAsia who ended a two-year title drought with victory here last year.
Australian Rhein Gibson, a graduate of OneAsia’s Q-School in California earlier this year, shot an excellent 69 to share fourth place at six under with countryman Scott Strange (72), New Zealander Mark Brown (70), Indonesia’s Rory Hie (70) and Kwon Sung-yeol (72) of Korea.
The round of the day belonged to Australian Ryan Haller who sank a monster 60-foot putt for an eagle on the par-five 15th en-route to a 67 and a share of ninth.