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Garcia and Schwartzel back Final Series changes

LONDON (Reuters) - Sergio Garcia and Charl Schwartzel, two critics of the inaugural Final Series last year, have backed changes made to the FedExCup-style format that brings the curtain down on the European Tour season. The bonus pool for the four-tournament Final Series has soared from $3.75 million to $5 million, to be shared by the leading 15 players on the money-list competing at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Rose joins ace Garcia at halfway lead in Thailand

(Reuters) - Spaniard Sergio Garcia sank a magical hole-in-one in a sparkling round of seven-under-par 65 to share the halfway lead with Englishman Justin Rose at the Thailand Golf Championship on Friday. Garcia, 33, aced the par-three eighth hole at the Amata Spring Country Club to go with five birdies on his blemish-free card to lead at 11-under 133. "Yeah, wonderful day for sure," the Spaniard, chasing his first win of the year, told reporters. "I saw the ball hit right of the green and started rolling.

Cejka and early riser Rose enjoy strong starts in Thailand

(Reuters) - Journeyman Alex Cejka celebrated his first wedding anniversary with a one-shot lead over world number four Justin Rose after the opening round of the Thailand Golf Championship on Thursday. Germany's Cejka, winless since 2002, reeled off eight birdies for an unblemished card at the Amata Spring Country Club on the outskirts of Bangkok to lead Rose and local hope Arnond Vongvanij.

Another runaway Dunhill win for Schwartzel

MALELANE, South Africa (Reuters) - Holder Charl Schwartzel made it back-to-back Alfred Dunhill Championship wins when he romped to a four-stroke victory at Leopard Creek on Sunday. The former U.S. Masters champion produced a final round 68 for a 17-under-par total of 271 to finish comfortably ahead of second-placed Briton Richard Finch (70) at the private club adjoining the Kruger Park in South Africa's eastern Mpumalanga province. Last year Schwartzel triumphed by 12 strokes in the European Tour event.

Golf: Schwartzel wins second straight Alfred Dunhill title

Charl Schwartzel produced a masterclass of consistent golf to win his second consecutive Alfred Dunhill championship on Sunday as he held off Englishman Richard Finch by four strokes. The Johannesburg native did not record a bogey over the final three rounds as he followed up on his 12 shot victory on the Leopard Creek par-72 layout last year with another strong showing on home soil. It is his third victory at Malalane, Mpumalanga after defeating England's Neil Cheetham in a playoff in 2004.

Golf: Defending champ Schwartzel moves two clear

South Africa's Charl Schwartzel opened up a two shot lead following the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Saturday, as he remained on track to defend his title. The Johannesburg native and 2011 Masters champion crushed the field last year on the Leopard Creek par-72 layout when he won by 12 strokes, just one week after winning the Thailand Open by 11 shots.

Golf: Schwartzel hits back to join Madsen at top

South Africa's defending champion Charl Schwartzel hit a second round four-under-par 68 to level up with Denmark's Morten Madsen in the lead of his home EPGA Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malenane on Friday. Schwartzel, who won the title for a second time by 12 shots last year, had started the day three shots behind overnight leader Madsen, who hit a stunning seven-under-par 65 on Thursday but could only manage a one-under 71 on Friday. The pair will tee off last at Leopard Creek Country Club on Saturday on eight under par.

Madsen and Schwartzel on course to resume rivalry

MALELANE, South Africa (Reuters) - Defending champion Charl Schwartzel and Dane Morten Orum Madsen look set to renew last week's South African Open rivalry after ending Friday's second round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship as joint leaders. Former U.S. Masters champion Schwartzel, who last year romped home by 12 strokes for the third-largest winning margin in European Tour history, returned a second successive 68 for an eight-under-par total of 136 at Leopard Creek on the border of the Kruger Park.

Golf: Schwartzel takes one shot lead at South African Open

Joint leader overnight and pre-tournament favourite Charl Schwartzel moved into a one shot lead at the South African Open on Saturday after a three under 69 put the Johannesburg native in control heading into the final round. The 2011 Masters champion drained five birdies against two bogeys on a clear, breezy day at the par-72 Glendower club layout at Ekurhuleni to lead Italian Marco Crespi (70) and Denmark's Morten Orum Madsen (69) with 18 holes to play.

Schwartzel wins in China after late Clarke slip

(Reuters) - Former U.S. Masters champion Charl Schwartzel came from behind to win the Nanshan China Open by one shot on Sunday after a costly late slip by Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke. Clarke and China's Liang Wenchong started the final round of the $1 million OneAsia Tour event three clear of Schwartzel but the South African shot a brilliant final four-under-par 68 for a nine-under total to pip the pair.
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