Charl Reigns In Spain
South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel, wearing Flak Jacket XLJ with G30 lenses, produced another flawless display of golf to secure his third European Tour victory at the Madrid Masters with a three-shot cushion over Ricardo Gonzalez on Sunday. Schwartzel’s second consecutive five-under 66 handed him an impressive total of 265, 19-under for the tournament. Argentina’s Gonzalez was three shots further back and one ahead of Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal.
“I played very well again today,” said the 24-year-old Schwartzel, who had been playing with a niggling shoulder injury. “I thought I grinded it out nicely all week. I just managed to keep it going today.”
Schwartzel’s shoulder failed to hamper his performance over four days of unspectacular, but steady play.
In the final round the South African failed, for the first time at the Club Campo de Villa Madrid, to register an eagle – which he did once in each of his three previous rounds.
However, another consistent round, which included five birdies and no dropped shots, proved more than enough to give Schwartzel the edge. By his fifth and last birdie at the 17th, it was virtually game over for his challengers.