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Charl Schwartzel wins China Open as Darren Clarke falls short

Updated: Sunday, 13 Oct 2013 14:01 | Comments

Darren Clarke (l) bogeyed the 17th as Charl Schwartel (r) went on to win in China
Darren Clarke (l) bogeyed the 17th as Charl Schwartel (r) went on to win in China

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A costly late slip by Darren Clarke saw him lose out to Charl Schwartzel as the former US Masters champion came from behind to win the Nanshan China Open by one shot on Sunday.

Clarke and China's Liang Wenchong started the final round of the $1 million OneAsia Tour event three clear of Schwartzel but the South African shot a brilliant final four-under-par 68 for a nine-under total to pip the pair.

Clarke was level with Schwartzel at nine-under standing on the 17th tee but the 2011 British Open champion struck a wayward tee-shot and bogeyed the par three hole.

The 45-year-old, who has not won since his sole major triumph, and defending champion Liang both failed to find a birdie on the last and finished with level par rounds of 72.

"I'm obviously disappointed with the day - it was another one of those days on the greens again where I couldn't buy a putt from anywhere," Clarke said.

It was a first title of the year for Schwartzel, who has now won on the US PGA, European, Sunshine, Asian and OneAsia circuits.

"I never thought I was out of it, for any second. It's a matter of staying in there, hitting good golf shots and controlling your own destiny," said the 2011 US Masters champion.

"I've played a lot of golf tournaments and done a lot of travelling in the past few months and it felt like I've been playing really good golf with no results, so it's nice to have something finally go your way."

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