South Florida, particularly northern Palm Beach County, has become golf's newest Mecca, with dozens of Tour players living, working and playing in the area.
JUPITER, Fla. (PRWEB) December 18, 2012
Charl Schwartzel, one of several golf professionals who call The Bear’s Club in Jupiter home, ran away with the win the second time in one week in Malelane, South Africa, where he captured the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship.
Schwartzel rolled off the course 12 shots ahead with a tournament total of 24 under par and a four-day score of 264. According to European Tour officials, the score is the lowest on record at Leopard Creek Country Club.
The win clinched Schwartzel’s eighth European Tour title and brought back memories of the South African’s first Tour title in 2004 – at the same tournament. He also is the 2011 Masters champion.
One of the statistics looming in the background during the Alfred Dunhill Championship was the margin of victory. Tiger Woods, a Jupiter Island resident, stayed put as the leader in that field in The European Tour with a 15-shot lead. But Schwartzel was close.
Schwartzel’s win comes on the heels of a commanding victory at the Asian Tour’s Thailand Golf Championship. The polished pro finished the final round at three under par – with four birdies and one bogey. In all, he achieved the win with an 11-shot lead.
The two-week ascent has given Schwartzel some skin in The European Tour’s money game, “Race to Dubai.” Currently, he leads the list, following Scott Jamieson, of Scotland, Kristoffer Broberg, of Sweden, Steve Webster, of England, fellow South African Garth Mulroy and Spain's Eduardo De La Riva.
In other weekend golf news, Jack Nicklaus, a resident of Lost Tree Village in North Palm Beach, participated in the PNC Father / Son Challenge in Orlando. Nicklaus’ two-day-scramble-tournament partner: Gary Nicklaus, also an owner of Jupiter real estate in The Bear’s Club.
The pair of sandy-blond men played well at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and finished in fourth place with a final score of 63. Collectively, they shot two eagles, one birdie and played even par for the rest of the match.
The big winners at the PNC Father / Son Challenge were David Love III and son Dru.
Waterfront Properties and Club Communities, a licensed brokerage in Jupiter, always is happy when area pros advance in their careers and, in turn, shine a spotlight on South Florida. South Florida, particularly northern Palm Beach County, has become golf's newest Mecca, with dozens of Tour players living, working and playing in the area. Among them: Ernie Els, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy.