European Golf Tour
Schwartzel cruises to second straight win



Johannesburg, South Africa (Sports Network) - Charl Schwartzel's second victory in a row on the European Tour came much easier than the first one did.

On Sunday, Schwartzel posted a five-under 66 to cruise to an easy win at the Joburg Open. The South African finished at 23-under 261, which was good for six-shot win at the East Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.

Schwartzel collected his fifth European Tour victory and his second in as many weeks. Last weekend, he came from behind to win the Africa Open and on Sunday, Schwartzel became the first player since Martin Kaymer last summer to win in back-to-back weeks.

"I played really good golf last week and it definitely carried over this week," said Schwartzel. "It's been a long week."

Darren Clarke (68) and Keith Horne (64) shared a distant second place at minus-17. James Kamte and Danny Willett both had three-under 68s on Sunday and tied for fourth place at 14-under 270.

Schwartzel began the final round with a comfortable four-stroke cushion, but things got interesting very early on Sunday. Schwartzel bogeyed the third and Clarke birdied No. 4 and suddenly Schwartzel's advantage was down to two shots.

Schwartzel recovered nicely. He drained a 25-foot birdie putt at the sixth and when Clarke three-putted the seventh hole for a bogey, Schwartzel's margin was back to four.

The champion birdied the eighth hole and Clarke followed to keep the edge at four strokes. Schwartzel sank a 15-footer for birdie at the 10th and four holes later, got his approach to spin back to a foot to set up an easy birdie putt.

Schwartzel was six ahead with four to go and the outcome was academic.

He closed in style with birdies at 17 and 18 to get in at 23-under par.

Schwartzel's win will assuredly move him into the top 50 in the world rankings. The first-place prize money for a second week in a row will give him a comfortable lead in this year's Race to Dubai.

Clarke bogeyed the 12th to fall well behind, but he clawed back. He birdied the par-three 16th hole and chipped in for eagle at the last to earn his piece of second.

Horne bogeyed his first, but racked up five birdies over the rest of his front nine. The South African birdied 14, 17 and 18 for his joint runner-up.

Soren Hansen (68), Joost Luiten (68), Hennie Otto (70) and Peter Whiteford (67) shared sixth place at 12-under 272. Josh Cunliffe (68) and John Parry (69) tied for 10th at minus-11.

NOTES: Hendrik Buhrmann began the final round in third place and in the final threesome, but struggled. He shot a six-over 77 and tied for 30th place at minus-six...Next week is the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.

01/17 07:42:28 ET