Who won what and where: Wins for Jones and SchwartzelNovember 30, 2015 Golf News
Schwartzel continues to dominate at Leopard Creek
Australian Open: Matt Jones
The Australian led by three overnight, went out in four over and eventually sneaked home by one from Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth.
Jones, who famously played from a hospitality tent at the PGA at Whistling Straits, had a triple-bogey at the 9th but birdies at 14 and 16 kept him just ahead of a fast-finishing Scott. The former Masters winner had a 65 while Spieth also started poorly with three bogeys in his first six holes before recovering for a 71.
Rod Pampling joined Jones and Nick Cullen in qualifying for the Open at Troon by shooting a new course-record 61.
What Jones said: “I got the job done. There was a lot of stress and a lot of anxious moments but I came through with that lipping putt on the last to get the trophy.
“To have my name on this trophy with (Jack) Nicklaus, (Jack) Newton, (Greg) Norman, all those guys, is a dream come true for me and something that can never be taken away.”
Alfred Dunhill Championship: Charl Schwartzel
A fourth win at Leopard Creek for Schwartzel (he has also finished runner-up four times) after beating Gregory Bourdy by four shots.
The South African took a three-shot lead into the final round and never looked like relinquishing his lead and a back nine of three under helped move him up to 35th in the world.
Bourdy made an early move with four consecutive birdies before a triple-bogey on the short 7th while Benjamin Hebert was third and Sebastien Gros completed a trio of Frenchmen in fourth spot.
What Schwartzel said: “It feels good. The way I’ve played the last few years, I’ve been down in quite a slump, I didn’t really see myself coming out and winning.
“But we’ve put in so much hard work in the last 18 months and it’s frustrating when week-in, week-out you’re playing and it feels like it’s never going to turn.
“Once I saw the board on 16 then I felt comfortable and I knew it was up to me not to make any mistakes.”