Charl Schwartzel fired his fourth successive sub-70 round to romp to an emphatic 11-shot victory at the Thailand Golf Championship, his first win since the Masters last year.
Starting the day five shots in front at the Amata Spring Country Club, Schwartzel more than doubled that lead, finishing 25 under par after closing with a seven under 65, his joint-lowest round of the week.
It is the South AfricanÂs ninth victory as a professional, and his first in Asia.
“ItÂs been a while,” said Schwartzel, who was second at this event last year. “I have been knocking on the door for some time. I had the injury earlier in the season, which knocked me back, but itÂs nice to come back and play some decent golf.”
He was asked if he expected his to win sooner after his win at Augusta in 2011.
“Winning isnÂt as easy as everyone thinks,” said Schwartzel. “I played some good golf after the Masters for about a year and came close a few times. My injury meant I had a pretty bad year but the last month-and-a-half has been good. ItÂs nice to finish off with the win.”
The 28-year-old led the tournament from wire-to-wire, and made just one bogey all week.
“I hit some great shots out there and never got myself in any trouble,” he said. “ItÂs nice to keep some bogeys off the card, which has been my Achilles heel for a while.
“I got off to a nice start and just kept it going. I felt good out and obviously the course suits my eye. ItÂs nice to play some good golf out there.”