Charl Schwartzel rounded off a great week on Sunday with a four-under-par 68 in the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson on the PGA Tour in Texas for his fourth successive round in the 60s and a share of third place.
Schwartzel made five birdies and a bogey as he added to rounds of 65-68-66 and he ended the week on 21-under-par, four shots behind South Korea’s KH Lee, who won his maiden PGA Tour title on 25-under after having an anxious two-hour wait during a weather delay with just two holes left for him to play. Lee won by three shots from Sam Burns of the United States, while Schwartzel shared third with Americans Patton Kizzire, Scott Stallings and Daniel Berger.
Schwartzel’s bogey came with a three-putt on the par four eighth after he smoked a drive 379 yards into the left rough, 100 yards short of the pin. He found the green with his second, 2o metres from the flag, but left himself with an eight-footer for par which he missed.
That dropped shot apart, the week would have pleased the 2011 Masters champion, who climbs to 55th on the PGA Tour’s FedEx rankings, a 26-place improvement, and it put him in 109th on the Official World Golf Ranking, up from 157th.
Elsewhere in the United States, all three South Africans – Dawie van der Walt, Tyrone van Aswegen and qualifier Albert Pistorius – missed the cut in the Korn Ferry Tour’s Knoxville Open in Tennessee.
David Frost was the strongest South African performer in the PGA Tour Champions event, the Mitsubishi Electric Classic in Georgia. He finished in a share of 10th on five-under-par for the 54-hole tournament, five shots behind winner Dicky Pride of the United States. Ernie Els was on one-under in 22nd and Retief Goosen in 35th on two-over.