ORLANDO, Fla. — Davis Love III had a nice pitch shot on No. 18 and son Dru finished off the birdie to capture the Father-Son Challenge title Sunday.
With Larry and Josh Nelson already in at 22-under for the two-day scramble format, both Loves misfired in trying to reach the green in two at the par-5 finishing hole. Dru, an Alabama freshman who won five Georgia state titles in high school, went long and right near the grandstand at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes. Davis watched his ball roll onto the bank of a greenside pond.
But the elder Love found the right touch on his pitch from Dru’s position and his son made the winning putt.
The Loves teamed for an 11-under 61 in the final round.
Schwartzel romps to 12-shot win: In Malelane, South Africa, Charl Schwartzel was a runaway winner for the second straight week, coasting to a 12-shot victory Sunday at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on the European Tour.
The 2011 Masters champion finished with a total score of 24-under 264 — the lowest at Leopard Creek Country Club. He won by 11 strokes in Thailand last weekend. Schwartzel was three shots off Tiger Woods’ record for the biggest victory margin on the European Tour. Woods won the U.S. Open in 2000 by 15 shots.
Schwartzel won for the eighth time on the European Tour. The South African also captured this tournament in 2004, his first title on the tour.
He entered the final round with a 10-shot lead and closed with a 69. The runner-up was Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg, who finished at 12 under. First-round leader Gregory Bourdy shared third with Scott Jamieson, Garth Mulroy and Andy Sullivan — 13 shots behind Schwartzel.
Schwartzel was surprised that he won by such lopsided margins in consecutive weeks.
“That doesn’t happen often,” he said. “Normally after a win by such a big margin, it’s hard to put up the same show the next week. It’s satisfying to continue that form and play the same sort of golf. I keep talking about consistency, and mine is back where I like it to be.”
The only thing that slowed Schwartzel on the final day was a brief weather delay. This was his first title on the European Tour since his Masters victory two years ago.
Popovic wins Australian PGA: In Coolum, Australia, Australasian Tour rookie Daniel Popovic completed an improbable wire-to-wire victory in the Australian PGA, shooting a 3-under 69 on Sunday for a four-stroke victory.
Popovic finished at 16-under 272 at the Palmer Coolum resort. The Australian opened with rounds of 64, 70 and 69.
Rod Pampling birdied the first six holes to take the lead after nine holes, but dropped four strokes on the final three holes — making bogeys on 16 and 17 and a double bogey on 18 — to fall into a tie for second.
with fellow Australian Anthony Brown. Pampling had a 69, and Brown shot 71.
Popovic nearly quit golf earlier this year to care for his seriously ill father.
“I just can’t believe this is happening,” Popovic said as he walked up the 18th fairway with his ball safely on the green. “I am just going to try to enjoy this now.”
Moments later, he tapped in for par, did a left-handed fist pump and doffed his cap to the crowd.
“It has just hit me all over suddenly,” he said after accepting the winner’s check for $225,000. “I was just so confident, and that never left me. Sure I made several stupid mistakes, but I bounced back quite nicely.”
Pampling looked set for his first win since the Australian Masters in 2008. He has two wins on the U.S. PGA Tour, the last in 2006 at the Bay Hill Invitational. This year, he finished just outside the top 125 — 127th place — to lose his PGA tour card, then failed at qualifying school two weeks ago, meaning he will have only conditional status next year in the U.S.
Errant tee shots on 16 and 17 led to bogeys, then his approach on 18 went into the water.
Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy fell short in his bid to finish in the top three to ensure a top-50 finish in the year-end world ranking and a spot in the Masters. He shot a 69 to tie for fourth.
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