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Alfred Dunhill Championship 2016

Round 4 - Brandon Stone coasts to victory

December 5, 2016

Brandon Stone claimed a second European Tour victory as he ran away from the field for a seven-stroke triumph at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the Leopard Creek Country Club on Sunday.

The 23-year-old extended his overnight three-shot advantage as he finished with a 67 and a 22-under-par total of 266 on the opening weekend of the new Tour season.

Four birdies in five holes from 10th strengthened his grip on the leaderboard and saw him move away from the chasing pack to add to the South African Open title he won in January.

Fellow South African Richard Sterne was second after a final round 67 with Belgian Thomas Detry a further two shots back in third place. The 23-year-old Detry hit a four-under par 68 to confirm the promise he showed in graduating from the challenge tour.

Defending champion Charl Schwartzel, seeking to win the same title on the European Tour for the fifth time and join an elite club with Bernard Langer, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods, carded a final round 74 and was 10 strokes behind.

The former Masters champion did threaten a fightback when he hit three birdies in his opening six holes, but a triple bogey eight at the 15th ended his slim chances.

Round 3 - Branden Stone stretches lead

December 4, 2016

Brandon Stone edged closer to a second European Tour title with a fine 66 in the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Saturday to lead by three shots at Leopard Creek Country Club.

The 23-year-old South African moved to 17 under par for the tournament, ahead of compatriots Keith Horne (67) and Charl Schwartzel (68), and England's Chris Hanson (68), who were tied second on 14 under par.

Stone, who represented South Africa at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games this year after a number of higher-ranked players withdrew, is looking to add to his BMW Open title won in January.

He extended a one-shot overnight lead after birdies in four of his first six holes to extend his advantage and had a rollercoaster run at the start of his back nine with three more birdies and a bogey on the par-three 12th.

He reined his game in after that, completing his round with five pars as the chasing pack failed to narrow his three-shot lead.

One of those was Schwartzel, who is still in contention to join Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods as the only players to win the same European Tour event five times.

Schwartzel turned at level par for the day, but then hit a hot-streak with fives birdies in his first six holes of the back nine, before his charge was halted by a bogey on the par-three 16th.

The low round of the tournament was carded by Scotland’s David Drysdale, who sank eight birdies in a faultless 64 to stay just about in contention on 11 under par.
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Round 2 - Late eagle lifts Branden Stone

December 3, 2016

Branden Stone ended with an eagle three on the last hole for a six-under par 66 to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Friday.

Stone finished just ahead of South African compatriot Charl Schwartzel and Englishman Chris Hanson, who hit eight birdies in a blistering 65. Schwartzel continued his dominance of the Leopard Creek Country Club course as he bids for a fifth title.

The 2011 Masters champion set the early clubhouse lead after posting a 68 to go 10 under par after 36 holes. Schwartzel, 32, has now played 40 out of 44 sub-par rounds at the picturesque course on the border of the Kruger Park and remains highly fancied to join Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods as the only players to win the same European Tour event five times.

“I felt like I played decent but actually made some really good putts. I’m happy to be in the position but feel I can give myself more opportunities if I fine tune things a bit going into the weekend. That will make things just a little easier,” Schwartzel told reporters.

George Coetzee matched Hanson for the lowest round of the day and was tied fourth on the leaderboard with fellow South African Keith Horne on nine under par.

Spaniard Carlos Pigem carded 69 on Friday for a seven under par total of 137 to be up among the leaders despite the death of his caddie. Pedro Ramseyer, who previously carried the bag of Seve Ballesteros, was found dead at his guesthouse on the eve of the tournament. Local media reported he had died of a heart attack.

The tournament marks the start of the new European Tour season and is one of five South African events on the 2016-17 schedule.

Round 1 - Charl Schwartel ties for lead

December 2, 2016

Defending champion Charl Schwartel birdied the last hole for a share of the first-round lead at the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Championship on Thursday.

Schwartzel tapped in on No. 18 for a 66 to join Paul Dunne on 6 under at Leopard Creek Country Club. Schwartzel is a four-time winner of the Alfred Dunhill and has claimed the title in three of the last four events.

Home favorite Schwartzel made most of his gains on the back nine, with five birdies coming home. Ireland's Dunne made four birdies either side of a double-bogey six on No. 9.

The European Tour is in full swing again just two weeks after Henrik Stenson won the 2016 Race to Dubai title. The Alfred Dunhill Championship and the Australian PGA Championship, which also began on Thursday, are the first tournaments of the 2017 season.

Scores

1 RSA Brandon Stone -22 - 67 66 66 67 266
2 RSA Richard Sterne -15 - 68 70 68 67 273
3 IND S.S.P CHOWRASIA -13 - 69 71 67 68 275
T4 RSA Thomas Aiken -12 - 69 67 71 69 276
T4 FRA Benjamin Hebert -12 - 70 66 68 72 276
T4 SCO Scott Jamieson -12 - 67 71 69 69 276
T4 ESP Carlos Pigem -12 - 68 69 70 69 276
T4 RSA Charl Schwartzel -12 - 66 68 68 74 276
T4 ENG Graeme Storm -12 - 73 67 68 68 276
10 RSA Bryce Easton -11 - 70 69 67 71 277
T11 RSA Jaco Ahlers -10 - 68 70 74 66 278
T11 SCO David Drysdale -10 - 70 71 64 73 278
T11 ENG Chris Hanson -10 - 69 65 68 76 278
T11 RSA Keith Horne -10 - 69 66 67 76 278
T11 ENG Paul Maddy -10 - 74 69 70 65 278
T11 GER Bernd Ritthammer -10 - 72 69 69 68 278
T17 SWE Alexander Bjork -9 - 67 69 71 72 279
T17 RSA Dean Burmester -9 - 68 72 71 68 279
T17 GER Sebastian Heisele -9 - 70 72 66 71 279
T20 RSA Branden Grace -8 - 69 67 71 73 280
T20 NOR Espen Kofstad -8 - 70 73 67 70 280
T20 RSA Ulrich Van den Berg -8 - 70 70 68 72 280
T23 ESP Pablo Larrazabal -7 - 67 70 69 75 281
T23 FRA Joel Stalter -7 - 70 69 68 74 281
T25 RSA Dylan Frittelli -6 - 68 71 72 71 282
T25 FRA Matthieu Pavon -6 - 72 69 71 70 282
T25 RSA Jake Roos -6 - 71 70 68 73 282
T28 ENG Ashley Chesters -5 - 72 71 67 73 283
T28 IRL Paul Dunne -5 - 66 73 72 72 283
T28 SWE Richard S. Johnson -5 - 72 69 71 71 283
T28 RSA JC Ritchie -5 - 70 69 68 76 283
T32 RSA George Coetzee -4 - 70 65 76 73 284
T32 RSA Jbe Kruger -4 - 71 70 73 70 284
T32 ENG Max Orrin -4 - 67 73 69 75 284
T32 RSA Erik Van Rooyen -4 - 71 70 69 74 284
T32 RSA Tjaart Van Der Walt -4 - 69 72 70 73 284
T37 RSA Keenan Davidse -3 - 73 70 71 71 285
T37 RSA Vaughn Groenewald -3 - 70 73 73 69 285
T37 NIR Michael Hoey -3 - 69 71 70 75 285
T37 ENG Richard McEvoy -3 - 72 66 72 75 285
T37 RSA Garth Mulroy -3 - 69 73 73 70 285
T37 FRA Damien Perrier -3 - 69 73 71 72 285
43 SWE Pontus Widegren -2 - 71 71 74 70 286
T44 FRA Gregory Havret -1 - 70 73 72 72 287
T44 RSA Colin Nel -1 - 68 75 70 74 287
T44 RSA Jean-Paul Strydom -1 - 70 72 70 75 287
T44 RSA Rhys West -1 - 70 73 75 69 287
T48 RSA Jean Hugo Par - 67 69 76 76 288
T48 RSA Neil Schietekat Par - 70 72 72 74 288
T48 SWE Jeff Winther Par - 71 71 68 78 288
T51 SWE Christofer Blomstrand 1 - 72 71 74 72 289
T51 RSA Justin Harding 1 - 68 71 73 77 289
T51 RSA Doug McGuigan 1 - 70 70 74 75 289
T51 ZMB Madalitso Muthiya 1 - 70 71 72 76 289
T51 FRA Clement Sordet 1 - 73 69 73 74 289
T56 RSA Christiaan Bezuidenhout 2 - 70 67 84 69 290
T56 RSA Andrew Curlewis 2 - 75 68 72 75 290
T56 ENG Simon Griffiths 2 - 73 70 74 73 290
T56 ENG Nathan Kimsey 2 - 69 69 76 76 290
T56 RSA Zander Lombard 2 - 74 68 76 72 290
T56 ENG Jamie Rutherford 2 - 68 75 71 76 290
62 RSA Hennie Du Plessis 3 - 73 69 74 75 291
T63 SWE Jens Fahbring 4 - 70 72 75 75 292
T63 RSA Callum Mowat 4 - 73 70 75 74 292
T63 RSA Ockie Strydom 4 - 72 71 80 69 292
T63 RSA Chris Swanepoel 4 - 76 66 74 76 292
67 DEN Morten Orum Madsen 5 - 72 70 76 75 293
T68 RSA Peter Karmis 6 - 70 71 81 72 294
T68 ENG Matthew Nixon 6 - 71 72 78 73 294
T70 RSA Shaun Norris 7 - 71 72 81 71 295
T70 FRA Adrien SADDIER 7 - 68 74 76 77 295
72 RSA Anthony Michael 8 - 69 72 74 81 296
CUT ENG Marcus Armitage Par - 72 72 - - 144
CUT RSA Oliver Bekker Par - 71 73 - - 144
CUT BRA Adilson Da Silva Par - 71 73 - - 144
CUT RSA Arthur Horne Par - 74 70 - - 144
CUT DNK Lasse Jensen Par - 74 70 - - 144
CUT RSA Titch Moore Par - 72 72 - - 144
CUT RSA Jake Redman Par - 71 73 - - 144
CUT RSA Rourke Van Der Spuy Par - 74 70 - - 144
CUT RSA Danie Van Tonder Par - 69 75 - - 144
CUT RSA Albert Venter Par - 74 70 - - 144
CUT AUS Dale Brandt-Richards 1 - 75 70 - - 145
CUT RSA Merrick Bremner 1 - 72 73 - - 145
CUT ENG Daniel Brooks 1 - 75 70 - - 145
CUT ENG Laurie Canter 1 - 71 74 - - 145
CUT RSA Tyrone Ferreira 1 - 74 71 - - 145
CUT RSA Andrew Georgiou 1 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT RSA Jared Harvey 1 - 72 73 - - 145
CUT RSA Michael Hollick 1 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT CHN Tung-Hung Hsieh 1 - 72 73 - - 145
CUT AUS DJ Loypur 1 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT ESP Pablo Martin Benavides 1 - 72 73 - - 145
CUT ENG John Parry 1 - 72 73 - - 145
CUT RSA Andre De Decker 2 - 72 74 - - 146
CUT RSA Louis De Jager 2 - 73 73 - - 146
CUT SCO Scott Henry 2 - 72 74 - - 146
CUT ESP Adrian Otaegui 2 - 73 73 - - 146
CUT ENG Steven Tiley 2 - 71 75 - - 146
CUT RSA Justin Walters 2 - 74 72 - - 146
CUT FRA Gregory Bourdy 3 - 75 72 - - 147
CUT ARG Rafa Echenique 3 - 74 73 - - 147
CUT ENG Mark Foster 3 - 71 76 - - 147
CUT RSA Jason Froneman 3 - 75 72 - - 147
CUT IND Rahil Gangjee 3 - 79 68 - - 147
CUT USA Daniel Im 3 - 73 74 - - 147
CUT SWE Anton Karlsson 3 - 69 78 - - 147
CUT RSA Mark Williams 3 - 70 77 - - 147
CUT ENG Chris Cannon 4 - 71 77 - - 148
CUT ENG Eddie Pepperell 4 - 74 74 - - 148
CUT ENG Matt Wallace 4 - 72 76 - - 148
CUT RSA Dwayne Basson 5 - 76 73 - - 149
CUT RSA Wallie Coetsee 5 - 73 76 - - 149
CUT RSA Darren Fichardt 5 - 72 77 - - 149
CUT FRA Sebastien Gros 5 - 72 77 - - 149
CUT ENG Ross McGowan 5 - 74 75 - - 149
CUT CAN Lindsay Renolds 5 - 69 80 - - 149
CUT RSA Omar Sandys 5 - 72 77 - - 149
CUT RSA Teboho Sefatsa 5 - 76 73 - - 149
CUT USA Heath Slocum 5 - 75 74 - - 149
CUT FRA Gary Stal 5 - 75 74 - - 149
CUT RSA Toto Thimba Jnr 5 - 75 74 - - 149
CUT ZWE Scott Vincent 5 - 72 77 - - 149
CUT RSA Warren Abery 6 - 75 75 - - 150
CUT RSA Heinrich Bruiners 6 - 79 71 - - 150
CUT RSA Ruan De Smidt 6 - 75 75 - - 150
CUT RSA Tyrone Mordt 6 - 71 79 - - 150
CUT RSA Lyle Rowe 6 - 81 69 - - 150
CUT RSA Christiaan Basson 7 - 77 74 - - 151
CUT RSA Allister De Kock 7 - 72 79 - - 151
CUT RSA Steven Ferreira 7 - 72 79 - - 151
CUT AUS Ben Wharton 7 - 79 72 - - 151
CUT ESP Pep Angles 8 - 79 73 - - 152
CUT RSA Haydn Porteous 8 - 75 77 - - 152
CUT RSA Jacques Kruyswijk 9 - 79 74 - - 153
CUT AUS Alex Pitty 9 - 77 76 - - 153
CUT AUS Clayton Bridges 10 - 76 78 - - 154
CUT USA Ryan Carter 10 - 77 77 - - 154
CUT NIR Darren Clarke 10 - 78 76 - - 154
CUT IRL Jack Hume 10 - 73 81 - - 154
CUT AUS Jason King 10 - 78 76 - - 154
CUT ZWE Dayne Moore 11 - 78 77 - - 155
CUT ESP Alvaro Quiros 11 - 81 74 - - 155
CUT CHN Fei-Hao Yang 11 - 76 79 - - 155
CUT CHN Chun Kang Hung 12 - 77 79 - - 156
CUT ZWE Marc Cayeux 13 - 81 76 - - 157
CUT RSA Alex Haindl 13 - 77 80 - - 157
CUT GBR Jeff Inglis 13 - 76 81 - - 157
CUT RSA Pieter Kruger 13 - 81 76 - - 157
CUT AUS Braden Becker 14 - 81 77 - - 158
CUT AUS Ryan Bernard 16 - 76 84 - - 160
CUT RSA Irvin Mazibuko 18 - 82 80 - - 162
CUT RSA Brett Liddle 25 - 85 84 - - 169
CUT - Leorin Pillay 29 - 84 89 - - 173
RET AUS Tim Hart 4 - 76 - - - 76
RET RSA PH McIntyre 5 - 77 - - - 77

 





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