Top Six For Charl And Louis

Posted: 11th December 2011

Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen both finished in the top six at the Dubai World Championship after leaving themselves a little too much to do on the final day.

It was a gallant effort from the chasing pack but Alvaro Quiros kept his nerve to win the title in stunning fashion and Luke Donald clinched the Race to Dubai by finishing third.

Oosthuizen started the day just three shots behind the Spaniard and was in the penultimate group with Donald. Putt after putt just slid passed the hole for the South African who failed to get any momentum going in his final round. He finished on -12 seven shots behind Quiros who holed a massive eagle putt on 18 to beat Paul Lawrie by two.

Charl Schwartzel raced in to contention with four birdies on the front nine to go -12. Another birdie on 15 put the Masters champion just three off the lead but the grandstand finish which won him the green jacket failed to materialise. Schwartzel closed the tournament on -13 which left him in 5th place, one ahead of Oosthuizen.

Fredrik Andersson-Hed carded a second consecutive 69 to end the tournament on -6 in a share of 19th place. George Coetzee, who trapped his finger in a car door on day one, shot a super 67 to finish -5, tied 22nd.

Lee Westwood and Gregory Bourdy both finished on -3 and Dave Horsey ended the event on -1.

Simon Dyson was forced to play rounds two and three on his own after YE Yang retired injured. The Yorkshireman improved from a disastrous start to card a 69 and 70 in rounds three and four, eventually finishing in a tie for 46th on +3.

The ISM stable finished the European Tour season with five players in the top 15 to land a share of the $7.5 milion bonus pool.

At the Hero Women's Indian Open, Florentyna Parker finished in a tie for 12th on -2 and heads to the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters next week where Dave Horsey's caddy Chris Rice will be on the bag for her.

Major Champions In The Hunt

Posted: 10th December 2011

Louis Oosthuizen produced another stunning round at the Dubai World Championship to sit in third place heading into the final day.

A superb eagle at the par 5 seventh helped the South African to a 66 which leaves him on -11, three shots behind tournament leader Alvaro Quiros.

Playing with Luke Donald who also shot 66, Oosthuizen went to the turn in 34 but fired birdies on 10, 11, 16 and 16 with no dropped shots.

The 2010 Open champion carded a level par 72 on day one and seems to be getter stronger with each round. He will again tee off with Luke Donald in the final round where the Englishman holds a two shot lead over his only Race to Dubai challenger, Rory McIlroy.

Even if McIlroy wins, Donald can finish tied ninth or better to seal the money list in both Europe and America.

Charl Schwartzel is also well in contention after carding a four under par 68. The Masters champion hit a hat-trick of birdies on 14,15 and 16 to come home in 32. He is -8 for the tournament, six shots off the Spaniard’s lead.

Lee Westwood produced his second successive 69 to go five under and admitted he will need something in the very low 60s to have any chance on Sunday.

He said: “Another 69. Bit too far back but a 62 could do some damage.”

At the final stage of EuropeanTour Qualifying School at PGA Catalunya, Spain, Scott Pinckney, Branden Grace and Espen Kofstad are all on -4 in a tie for 12th after round one. The rest of the 12-strong ISM field still have time to get into the all-important top 30 with another five rounds to go.

At the Hero Women's Indian Open, in Delhi, England's Florentyna Parker is in a tie for seventh on -3 going into the final round on Sunday.

High Fives For Louis

Posted: 9th December 2011

Louis Oosthuizen carded one of the rounds of the day at the Dubai World Championship to fire himself up the leaderboad.

The South African carded a five under par 67 which was only bettered by two rounds of 66 and Alvaro Quiros' record equalling 64. The Spaniard leads by four on -12.

Fredrik Andersson-Hed joined Paul Casey on route 66 to finish the day on -3. The Swede opened with three birdies to get back to level par for the tournament before picking up further shots at 10, 11 and 13. He dropped a shot at 17 before finishing strongly with a birdie.

Oosthuizen started the day halfway down the leaderboard on level par but an early birdie blitz shot the former Open winner into contention. He now sits in tied seventh but could have easily been Quiros' nearest challenger had it not been for a double bogey 6 on 12. The 29-year-old uncharacteristically three putted from 15 feet.

Fellow countryman Charl Schwartzel finished the day on -4 after shooting a one under par 71. The Masters champion will also be ruing dropped shots on nine and the par five 14th. Dave Horsey went round in level par to stay at -3 for the tournament.

Lee Westwood will be looking for some of the magic which helped him to a 62 at the Nebank Golf Challenge last Saturday. The world number three carded a three under par 69 to go two under and 10 shots adrift of the big hitting Quiros who holed a 20ft eagle putt at 18 to take a four shot lead into round three.

Rory McIlroy, who needs to win to have any chance of clinching the Race to Dubai title, finished with two bogeys to go -7. Meanwhile Luke Donald ended his round with three straight birdies to finish on -4 and a tie for 12th. The world number one needs to finish tied ninth or better to top the money list and make history by topping the earnings in Europe and America.

Dubai World Championship

Posted: 6th December 2011

Louis plays at the Dubai World Championship this week. He tees off with Graeme McDowell at 11.30am on Thursday.

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