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Charl Schwartzel cruises to victory at Tshwane Open

Charl Schwartzel cruised to victory in the Tshwane Open on Sunday to claim his 11th European Tour title and an eighth on home soil in South Africa.

Pre-tournament favourite Schwartzel held a one-shot lead heading into the final round and carded a closing 63 to finish 16-under-par at Pretoria Country Club, eight shots clear of Jeff Winther.

Dane Winther surged through the field thanks to a 64 as the expected challenge from rising South African stars Zander Lombard and Haydn Porteous failed to materialise.

Lombard began the day just a shot behind Schwartzel but double-bogeyed two of the last three holes in his 74 to finish 12 strokes adrift, while Joburg Open winner Porteous struggled to a 73.

Schwartzel made the ideal start with a birdie from 18 feet on the second, only to bogey the third after a wayward drive finished behind a tree and meant the South African could only find a greenside bunker with his approach.

However, the former Masters champion responded with birdies on the sixth and seventh and then holed from 10 feet for an eagle on the par-5 ninth for the second day in succession.

The world no.43 dropped a shot on the 11th after a wild tee shot and was lucky to get away with another on the par-five 12th, but any lingering doubt about the outcome was ended with a birdie from 40 feet on the 14th.