Alfred Dunhill Championship. Brandon Stone In Control.

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Brandon Stone is in control of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa.

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Brandon moved away from the field with a third round -6 under par 66 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, giving him a -17 under total and a three shot lead gong into the final round tomorrow.

Brandon liked playing alongside defending champion, Charl Schwartzel, and making some putts;

“I played some good golf the whole day. I holed some putts, hit some good shots, got a really, really lucky break on the last there but all of those missed putts for the last three days just cashed in there.”

“Charl is always good fun to play with, I really admire him. I really admire the way that he plays golf.”

“I think he obviously likes this place and he obviously plays well here so I’m under no illusion. He’s going to come and fire and try to keep that trophy to himself.” 

Sharing second place at -14 under par are Charl Schwartzel, -4 under 68 today, Chris Hanson -4 under 68, and Keith Horne, -5 under 67.

Charl wants to play the front nine better, but he is putting beautifully;

“I need to put myself in play more on the front nine. My putting is really beautiful and I just need to give myself more opportunities and I’m not doing that on the front nine.”

“Hopefully tomorrow I can just play a little better from the beginning.”

Alfred Dunhill Championship. Brandon Stone Leads.

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Brandon Stone, from South Africa, has the half-way lead at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club.

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Brandon had a second round -6 under par 66 to lead the Alfred Dunhill Championship by just one shot at the half-way stage with -11 under par.

He woke up this morning with some back pain, but played some spectacular shots and dropping putts;

“I woke up this morning and the back was feeling a little bit sore, and then on the range it didn’t really feel too great either.”

“During the course of the day it progressively got worse and then I had to hit one out of the deep jungle on the right of number eight and really tweaked it.”

“I got some really good physio with my trainer on the ninth. I got the back sorted for a few holes there and it held its nerve for the back nine.”

“I was swinging with a little bit of pain on the back and still hit some spectacular shots.”

“I missed a few opportunities here and there but I also made some great putts again, so it could have been lower, it could have been higher, you don’t really know but I’m very happy with the 66.”

Tied in second place are Charl Schwartzel -4 under 68 today and Chris Hanson. from England, who carded -7 under 65 to be at -10 under for the tournament.

Charl played well again, with a smooth putting stroke;

“Overall I think I played well, I gave myself a fair amount of chances and made some nice bonus putts.

“The stroke’s feeling good, which makes me very comfortable.”

 

Alfred Dunhill Championship, Defending Champion Charl Shares Lead With Paul Dunne.

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Defending Champion Charl Schwartzel shares the lead with Paul Dunne at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa.

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Charl and Paul both carded bogey free-6 under par 66 to lead the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

Charl was happy with a couple of par saving putts;

“I made a good par putt on seven, and those putts are sometimes more important than the birdie putts.”

“I wasn’t doing anything wrong, really. A couple of the shots just didn’t finish as I planned.”

“My game was feeling good, but it was just a matter of getting the execution I was looking for, and on the back nine it came together nicely.”

Paul said he needs to get the ball in play off the tee’

“For me I feel if I can get the ball in play off the tee, with how my irons are feeling and with how good the greens are, I feel if I drive the ball well I’ll give myself loads of chances.”

“I’m feeling good. And look, I have the rest of the weekend, there’s a long way to go.”

Six players are tied in third place at -5 under par, Max Orrin, Scott Jamieson, Jean Hugo, Pablo Larrazabal, Alexander Bjork and Branden Stone.

Alfred Dunhill Championship. Charl the Champion.

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Charl Schwartzel emerged as the Champion at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa.

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Charl cruised to a four shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship with a -2 under par 70 final round giving him a total of -15 under par. he becomes the first South African to win four official European Tour titles at the same event, making him the king of Leopard Creek Country Club. He would like to play a Major here;

“I wish we could play some Majors here. It’s definitely my favourite place, I love coming here and the golf course.”

“It feels good, the way I’ve played the last few years, I’ve been down in quite a slump, I didn’t really see myself coming out and winning.”

“But we’ve put in so much hard work in the last 18 months and it’s frustrating when week-in, week-out you’re playing and it feels like it’s never going to turn.”

“I guess there’s no better fit than for it to turn around here. This place has treated me really well. I got my first win here and now my tenth so I think it’s pretty fitting.”

“It turned on the back nine. I felt more comfortable today.”

“My chipping was really fantastic on the weekend and that’s what got it going. I made birdie on 11 and 13 and 14.”

“I knew I was going to have to shoot at least two or three under on the back nine to give myself a good chance of winning and I’m very happy with that.”

“Once I saw the board on 16 then I felt comfortable and I knew it was up to me not to make any mistakes.”

Grégory Bourdy finished in second place, at -11 under par, a good final round -4 under par 68 saw him climb up the leaderboard.

Another Frenchman came in third, Benjamine Herbert at -10 under par, he could only managed a last round of even par 72.

Low round of the day went Jaco Van Zyl, -8 under par 64, he finished T8 at -7 under.

Alfred Dunhill Championship. Charl Schwartzel Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Home town boy Charl Schwartzel has the 36 hole lead in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa.

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Charl carded a second round -5 under par 67 in the Alfred Dunhill Championship to give him a -11 under par tournament total, and a fabulous five shot lead over the field at the half-way stage of the competition. He came out early in the morning to finish the first round and birdied the final hole, and just carried on from there.

Charl  is a three-time winner here, and really likes this course, set on the edge of the Kruger National Park, and said if he could make some putts he could score even better;

“It’s definitely my favourite place to come and play.”

“Every year I’ve come back here, as soon as I arrive I get that real comfort feeling, a peaceful feeling and it is to do with the surroundings, the nature.”

“It’s a place I normally go to, to relax, so I’m playing in a very relaxed environment.”

“On top of that the golf course also suits my eye really well. The last ten years I’ve aimed at the same trees on every hole at the end of the fairway.”

“The last few weeks I’ve been playing well and it’s nice that a few things are falling into place a little better this week.”

“Since Turkey I’ve felt like my long game has been really good and I’ve given myself a lot of chances.”

“That’s one part of the game and if I make some putts I can score better.”

Sharing second place, at -6 under par, are; Benjamin Hebert, Joost Luiten, Pablo Martin Benavides and Richard Sterne.

First round leader Christiaan Basson slipped back today, a sad second round of +4 over par 76 left sharing ninth position at -4 under par.

Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open Championship winner, missed the cut here, two rounds of over par leading to his downfall. Last year he made every cut, writing eight on his card at the par three 7th here did not help his cause.

Alfred Dunhill Championship. Morten Ørum Madsen Maintains Form.

Morten Ørum Madsen maintains his early season form by leading the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa.

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Morten Ørum Madsen /Getty Images

Morten, from Denmark, fired an opening round of -7  under par 65 to lead the Alfred Dunhill Championship on day 1, this is just one week since his win in the South African Open.

He carded eight birdies and a single bogey at Leopard Creek Country Club and that was good enough for a one shot first round lead over South African Allan Versfeld and Portugal’s Ricardo Santos, who finished the day at -6 under par.

Morten had plenty to say after his excellent start to this tournament;

” I wasn’t expecting to shoot 65 today, I knew I was playing well but I won last week so everything that happens this week or next week is going to be icing on the cake. I am just trying to enjoy the ride.”

“Today it seemed easy but it definitely wasn’t, it was pretty tough out there and the course was playing long with the wind. I played really solidly, I gave myself a lot of looks at birdie and a lot of shorter ones which was nice. I have a lot of confidence right now, I really believe I am going to hit good shots on pretty much every shot. I don’t pull off all of them, I hit my tee shot on the seventh in the water, but the majority of them came off well and I rolled in some nice putts.”

“I’m really, really happy with how I played, I heard it’s tough to come out the week after you have won and play well but I felt pretty relaxed in the days leading up to the tournament and I just wanted to go out and see if I can put some solid shots together and I managed to do that today and put myself in a good position. Hopefully I can keep it up.”

The defending champion, Charl Schwartzel, was two shots further back on -4 under par, and was joined on that score by England’s Richard Finch, Scotland’s David Drysdale and France’s Victor Riu.

Victor was playing last week, and unfortunately missed the cut, so he was really pleased with this weeks first round effort;

” Last week was my first event on The European Tour for this year,and I was on a break in France for two weeks and I couldn’t train a lot because it was very cold. So it was a tough start for me, and after I missed the cut, I had last weekend and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to practice and it was much better today. I’ve got a bit more confidence.The course was playing very long, because the ball wasn’t running while it was cool this morning, but I was very happy with my driving. I was consistent and I was very straight.”

Alfred Dunhill Championship, Charl Schwartzel Wins

 

Charl Schwartzel won the Alfred Dunhill Championship by a massive 12 shots at Leopard Creek Country Club in South AfricaSublime Schwartzel completes mammoth win

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The last round may have been interrupted by thunderstorms, but noting interrupted Charl Schwartzel cruising to an easy victory setting a target of -24 under par. An amazing twelve shots clear of Kristoffer Broberg in second place.

Charl has a remarkable record at this course, which is situated on the border of the Kruger National Park, he won his first European Tour title there in 2004 and has had four runner-up finishes. He said it has always been special for him;

“It’s always been a special place for me, this is where I can almost say my career started and it’s always stayed close to my heart. It’s nice to have continued my form from last week. 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 South AFrican Open and from there got better and better. It’s been a pretty good year now!”

Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg, four times a winner on the Challenge Tour last season, finished in second place, after  Grégory Bourdy suffered a double-bogey seven on the final hole.  Grégory had been the main challenger to Charl for the best part of the weekend, but slipped up on the last hole to give Kristoffer the second place on his own. Kristoffer was of course delighted with his first earnings on the European Tour;

“It’s amazing to get off to such a good start in The Race to Dubai in my first season as a European Tour Member and it sets me up pretty good for the new season.”