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Schwartzel claimsDunhill Championship title

South Africa's Charl Schwartzel won his maiden European Tour title at the 2005 Dunhill Championships on Sunday after a sudden-death play-off win at the first extra hole against Briton Neil Cheetham.

The 20-year-old became the third successive play-off winner at the Dunhill and the sixth consecutive player to claim his maiden victory at the event, which was held at the Leopard Creek Country Club.

Germany's Marcel Siem, England's Mark Foster and Justin Rose Australian Adam Scott and England's Anthony Wall all collected their first wins at the tournament over the previous five years, which were held at the Houghton Golf Club in Johannesburg.

The young South African sealed victory with a birdie on the par-five 18th after Cheetham could only make par.

In regulation play Schwartzel carded a one-under par 71 to complete the 72 holes in eight-under 281. Cheetham made a 10-foot birdie on the last for a round of 73 to force his way into the play-off having started the day two shots ahead of the South African.

The Englishman began the day with a one-stroke lead over South Africa's David Frost but dropped shots at the par-five 15th and par-three 16th on his inward nine.

"This is an indescribable feeling because it is something I have worked so hard for," Schwartzel said afterwards.

The South African bogeyed the par-four 17th - his first dropped shot on the back nine - and then made a par at the 18th to move into the clubhouse lead.

Cheetham needed an eagle on the par-five finishing hole for outright victory, but two-putted from 60-feet after reaching the island green with a six-iron.

"I was more nervous watching Neil play the 18th than I was when I played it," Schwartzel admitted.

"I got a real break on 18 in regulation when my drive hit the out of bounds railing and bounced forward leaving me just 176 yards to the pin."

The 37-year-old Cheetham was playing his first event of the new season after earning his Tour card last month with an eagle on the final hole at San Roque in Spain.

"It was a fantastic week although I'm obviously a bit disappointed right now," the amiable Yorkshireman said.

"Charl probably deserved to win today because I didn't hit the ball all that well and I misread so many putts.

"It was a fantastic experience to be in contention in the final round and I'm proud of myself today even though I didn't win."

World number three Ernie Els missed out on the play-off by a stroke after signing for 70, which included five birdies on the back nine.

281 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 71 69 70 71 (Won playoff at first available hole), Neil Cheetham 68 71 69 73

282 Oliver Whiteley 72 67 72 71, Ernie Els (Rsa) 67 75 70 70, Warren Abery (Rsa) 69 70 73 70

283 David Frost (Rsa) 70 70 69 74, Marcel Siem (Ger) 76 69 71 67

284 Graeme Storm 73 68 75 68, Euan Little 71 69 72 72, Damien McGrane 74 68 72 70

285 Michael Kirk (USA) 71 72 69 73, Tim Clark (USA) 77 68 73 67

286 Richard Finch 72 69 72 73

287 Johan Edfors (Swe) 70 74 71 72, Desmond Terblanche (Rsa) 69 70 76 72, Martin Maritz (Rsa) 75 72 68 72

288 Darren Fichardt (Rsa) 70 71 78 69, Ian Garbutt 71 72 76 69, Leif Westerberg (Swe) 70 70 76 72, Iain Steel (Mal) 70 73 75 70, Garry Houston (Wal) 80 68 69 71, Mark Murless (Rsa) 76 69 73 70

289 Matthew Morris 72 72 73 72, Lee Slattery 73 69 77 70, Manuel Quiros (Spa) 69 72 78 70, Anton Haig (Rsa) 77 69 74 69

290 Bruce McDonald (Zim) 66 76 73 75, Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 74 73 70 73, Mark Davis 70 72 72 76, Ulrich Van Den Berg (Rsa) 72 75 72 71, Andre Bossert (Swi) 74 72 72 72

291 Peter Lawrie 75 67 75 74, Phillip Archer 73 71 75 72, Grant Muller 76 71 72 72, Roope Kakko (Fin) 73 74 75 69, Peter Gustafsson (Swe) 69 68 79 75, Joachim Backstrom (Swe) 71 77 71 72, Michael Lamb (Zim) 72 70 78 71

292 Stephen Browne 76 71 76 69, Sam Little 72 71 80 69, Titch Moore (Rsa) 72 76 73 71, Alessandro Tadini (Ita) 71 70 73 78, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 72 69 78 73, Alan Michell (Rsa) 72 76 70 74, Keith Horne (Rsa) 71 72 72 77, Hennie Otto (Rsa) 73 71 75 73, Matthew King 75 73 72 72

293 Lindani Ndwandwe (Rsa) 70 71 73 79, Johan Skold (Swe) 74 74 73 72, Andrew McLardy (Rsa) 72 72 72 77, Matthew Blackey 77 71 74 71, Paul Bradshaw 73 71 76 73, Mathias Gronberg (Swe) 70 71 77 75, Francesco Molinari (Ita) 73 71 76 73

294 Sammy Daniels (Rsa) 76 71 72 75, Bertrand Cornut (Fra) 74 71 75 74, Raphael Eyraud (Fra) 68 78 75 73, Chris Davison (Rsa) 72 73 76 73, Liam Bond 78 70 74 72

295 Andre Cruse (Rsa) 70 72 76 77, Bobby Lincoln (Rsa) 71 74 77 73, Omar Sandys (Rsa) 79 68 73 75

296 Jan Are Larsen (Nor) 74 74 73 75, Benoit Teilleria (Fra) 68 78 77 73, Nico Le Grange (Rsa) 71 74 76 75, Sarel Son-Houi (Fra) 69 73 78 76, Johan Axgren (Swe) 73 72 74 77

297 David Patrick 75 72 75 75, Oliver Wilson 69 73 76 79

298 Stuart Manley 74 72 75 77

299 Callie Swart (Rsa) 71 76 77 75, Ryan Tipping (Rsa) 72 74 75 78, Martin Erlandsson (Swe) 72 75 78 74, Julien Clement (Swi) 73 73 80 73

300 Steve Basson (Rsa) 74 72 76 78

301 Ryan Reid (Rsa) 75 69 82 75, Brett Liddle (Rsa) 74 74 77 76

312 James Kamte (Rsa) 68 76 84 84

 

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