Strong Schwarztel finish at Torrey Pines

Feb 1, 2021 | Featured, South Africans abroad

Charl Schwartzel made five birdies and a bogey on Sunday on his way to a closing four-under-par 68 and a share of 18th in the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open.

The 2011 Masters champion climbed 21 places on the leaderboard with that final-round effort which saw him finish the tournament on five-under-par, nine shots behind winner Patrick Reed, who also closed with a 68 to give him a five-stroke edge over Tony Finau, Henrik Norlander, Ryan Palmer, Xander Schauffele and Victor Hovland.

Schwartzel got out of the blocks well with birdies on the second and third holes, but he dropped a shot on the seventh. He regained that with a good birdie on the par-five ninth, and then picked up two more strokes with birdies on the 15th and 18th.

Ahead of him, the former Durban man Rory Sabbatini, now representing Slovakia, carded a two-under 70 to finish in a share of 10th at seven-under-par. It was his first top-10 of the season, but his fourth finish inside the top 25 and his seventh cut made in nine starts, forming part of a late-career renaissance.

Louis Oosthuizen signed for a closing 71, leaving him in a share of 29th on four-under for the tournament.

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