Schwartzel storms to top of South African Open leaderboard

The South African Open has a new leader after Charl Schwartzel went eight under par on Friday.

Charl Schwartzel powered to the top of the leaderboard at the South African Open as he carded Friday’s best round with an eight-under 63.

The home hope, who has won eight of his 11 European Tour titles on South African soil, shot two birdies on the front nine before hitting his stride after the turn on the Bushwillow Course to go 12 under for the tournament.

Birdies at 11, 12, 14 and 16 were followed by an eagle at the penultimate hole, lifting Schwartzel to a one-shot lead over Madalitso Muthiya, who went eight under at Bushwillow on Thursday but could only manage a round of 68 on Firethorn.

“The drive on 17 was probably one of my worst tee-shots for the week,” Schwartzel said. “I…

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