Schwartzel wins in China after late Clarke slip
Shanghai: Former US Masters champion Charl Schwartzel came from behind to win the Nanshan China Open by one shot on Sunday after a costly late slip by Northern Ireland`s Darren Clarke.
Clarke and China`s Liang Wenchong started the final round of the USD 1 million OneAsia Tour event three clear of Schwartzel but the South African shot a brilliant final four-under-par 68 for a nine-under total to pip the pair.
It was a first title of the year for Schwartzel, who has now won on the US PGA, European, Sunshine, Asian and OneAsia circuits.
"I never thought I was out of it, for any second. It`s a matter of staying in there, hitting good golf shots and controlling your own destiny," the 2011 US Masters champion told the OneAsia Tour.
"I`ve played a lot of golf tournaments and done a lot of travelling 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 was level with Schwartzel at nine-under standing on the 17th tee but the 2011 British Open champion struck a wayward tee-shot and bogeyed the par three hole.
The 45-year-old, who has not won since his sole major triumph, and defending champion Liang both failed to find a birdie on the last and finished with level par rounds of 72.
"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," Clarke said.