Schwartzel caps season in style with Nike

In-form South African sets third biggest winning margin in European Tour history

Mon, 17 Dec 2012
Schwartzel caps season in style with Nike

Nike staffer Charl Schwartzel completed his formiddable finish to 2012 with a scintillating 12-shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

The 29-year-old South African, who claimed his first title in 19 months with an 11-shot triumph at the Thailand Golf Championship a week ago, achieved the third biggest winning margin in European Tour history at Leopard Creek.

Ten shots clear with a round to play, Schwartzel added a 3-under 69 either side of a two-hour thunderstorm delay to take his eighth Tour title with a 24-under winning total.

“It's nice to have continued my form from last week,” said the 2011 Masters champion, who has finished 5-3-2-1-1 in his last five events, while accumulating a combined score of 84-under during that period.

“I was saying a month and a half ago it's been a pretty disappointing year. Slowly and surely I started to swing the club a lot better, back to how I did when I won The Masters, and I actually got excited to play again.

“It started at the SA Open and from there got better and better. It's been a pretty good year now!”

Sporting a full bag of Nike equipment, the newly-promoted World No.14, who moves to the top of the 2013 Race to Dubai, finished inside the top-20 in every statistic, including third in driving distance with his VR Pro Ltd driver on 307 yards and fourth in greens in regulation with his VR Pro blades on 83%.

It was also another solid week for fellow Nike Golf staffer Scott Jamieson who finished in a tie for third off the back of his maiden victory at the Nelson Mandela Championship.

Delve into Schwartzels Nike bag

Driver: VR Pro Ltd (8.5-degrees)
Fairway Wood: VR Pro Ltd (15- and 19-degrees)
Irons (3-9): VR Pro blades
Wedges: VR Pro (48-, 54- and 60-degrees)
Putter: Method 001
Ball: One Tour D
Apparel: Golf Tour Premium
Footwear: Golf Lunar Control

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