Golf: Charl Schwartzel pips Darren Clarke, Liang Wenchong to China Masters crown
BEIJING (AFP) - South Africa's Charl Schwartzel shot a four-under 68 on Sunday to take the Nanshan China Masters by a single shot.
The two overnight leaders - 2011 British Open champion Darren Clarke and China's No. 1 Liang Wenchong, the defending title holder - could only manage level par and tied for second place.
Schwartzel, who won the Masters in 2011, started the day in sixth place, three behind the leaders, and did not make much of an impression on the front nine, only clawing back one shot on Clarke.
But three birdies on the back nine, including two consecutively on the 15th and 16th, saw him squeak home after the Northern Irishman bogeyed the par-three 17th when a loose tee shot left him on the fringe of a bunker.