Schwartzel cruises to Thailand win

Updated: December 9, 2012

Former Master champion ended a frustrating 20 month wait for a win when he cruised to an 11 shot win at the Thailand golf championship.

The 28-year-old Schwartzel completed an imperious start-to-finish victory at Amata Spring Country Club with a final round of seven-under-par 65, which made up for last year’s runner-up result where he ended seven shots behind inaugural champion Lee Westwood.

Schwartzel’s winning total of 25-under-par 263 total saw him pick up his ninth career victory and first on the Asian Tour.

Thai youngster Thitiphun Chuayprakong shot a closing 70 finish tied second with reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson, who closed with a superb 65 for a 14-under-par 274 aggregate.

Spaniard Sergio Garcia came in fourth after a 70, followed by Korea’s Park Hyun-bin, whose fifth place performance following a 68 earned him his Asian Tour card for 2013.