South African Open leader Charl Schwartzel chases elusive home open title in Johannesburg

Charl Schwartzel has won 11 times on the European Tour, but never his national open. Not that he hasn’t played well; he boasts a pair of runner-up finishes and four other top-5s at the South African Open.

Through 36 holes of this season’s edition at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg, Schwartzel holds a one-shot lead after Friday’s 8-under 63 on the Bushwillow Course rocketed him to 12 under.

“I would love to win this one and I’ve given myself a good chance,” Schwartzel said.

Schwartzel entered this week ranked 80th in the Official World Golf Ranking, his worst ranking since 2008. Since his T-15 showing at the last SA Open, held this past January, the South African has just four top-10s and one other top-20 in 22 worldwide starts.

But he’s looked…

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