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.