Monday, April 30, 2007

MADRID, Spain (AP) — Charl Schwartzel of South Africa won the Spanish Open on Sunday after shooting a 5-under 67 to finish at 16-under 272.

Jyoti Randhawa of India (67) had six birdies through 13 holes, but a bogey at No. 15 spoiled his round, leaving him second at 273.

Schwartzel sank a 15-foot putt for an eagle at the 16th, but then bogeyed the par-4 18th. Third-round leader Carlos Rodiles of Spain (72) needed a birdie to tie it, but his approach missed the green and the Spaniard had a bogey to finish third at 274.

"The three shots on the 16th were probably the three best I hit all week," Schwartzel said. "People said I'd won on the European Tour before but in South Africa, but I said I could do it in Europe too and it was just a matter of time before it all clicked in."

Englishmen Simon Dyson (71) and Mark Foster (68) finished tied for fourth at 275.

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